Social networking sites like Facebook depend on millions of people voluntarily divulging accurate personal information. But in a world where identity theft is a growing concern and spammers can’t wait to get their hands on your email address, how do you take advantage of what Facebook has to offer while minimizing risks to your personal info? This chapter explains Facebook’s privacy issues, and then gives you strategies for staying safe—from up-front planning to adjusting Facebook’s privacy settings to after-the-fact damage control.
The trick is to balance the benefits you get from using Facebook (and the Internet in general) with the risk of losing control of your private information. ...