Social Networking Sites and your Online Privacy

I’ve put together a post over on my Design and Photography Blog concerning the issue of Social Networking Sites and how they share your personal information.

In fact, did you know that with Google’s new Social Search deal they will now be able to index and share your status updates (and possibly other information from your profile in the future)?  This has caused a flurry of conversation and discussion on what to do to protect your information, and you may have seen a post similar to the following in recent days:

As of today, Facebook will automatically index all your info on Google, which allows everyone to view it. To change this option, go to Settings –> Privacy Settings –> Search –> then UN-CLICK the box that says ‘Allow indexing’. Copy and paste onto your status for all your friends to see ASAP

Now this rumor isn’t entirely false, but it also has some truth to it (specifically that Google and other search engines can and do show your information, but only if your privacy settings allow it).

Read more on my blog to learn how to control your privacy settings for popular Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace to protect your personal information.

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