Facebook Privacy...do's and don'ts
If you're one of the millions who already have a Facebook account, or are considering opening one, then here are a few suggestions to protect your privacy on your way to social networking.
When creating an account you only need to enter your name and birthday (in which case the birthday can be made-up) to open the facebook account. Any other information is optional and we'll get to that later. Do NOT use the same password for your facebook account as you use for your email address. Imagine someone hacking your facebook account and then realizing the same password is tied to your email, bank accounts, ebay account...etc; I think you get the idea. For creating passwords we always suggest using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols - be creative.
Once you've opened the account take a look at the privacy settings. Be sure "only friends" are allowed to view your information. Remember too, anything you write on another person's wall can be viewed by, not just your friends, theirs too; so if you don't want someone you don't know to see it play it safe and send an email instead.
Click on your name and then "edit profile" under your picture. You will be prompted with hometown, neighborhood, relatives and more. Keep in mind that this information is not required but if you want people from your hometown Pleasantville, IN to find you then you can enter it in this section.
Ok, so you're up and going; making friends and being social. Good job! Quite often (as I know is the case with many, many people) once you've shown your face online and word is out that you are now a facebooker the friend requests come flooding in. Keep in mind that what you do online shouldn't really change from what you do in reality. Be selective about who you be-friend and allow into your world. Which leads to the next privacy topic. Groups. Facebook now allows you to "group" your friends. You can have a family group, church group, school group, co-workers, acquaintences...etc and each group can be assigned different permissions. This is a nice feature if you don't want your co-workers to know about family events or acquaintences to learn they are not invited to movie night next Saturday.
This should get you going for initial privacy setup on Facebook. Enjoy, have fun and be smart about your privacy! :)