Quick bit of Advice – Your Privacy Online

From time to time, someone will come to me looking for advice. Recently a good friend of mine apprached with some questions regarding how she could ensure her privacy online, and how she can keep “private” things posted online to places like Facebook, Myspace, and her own website restricted to only the people she wanted.

Unfortunately the short answer is that there is really no such thing as keeping things posted online private. Once you publish something to the world wide web, the best advice I can give is to assume that EVERYONE can see it. Yes, even your private facebook profile may be deemed “relevant” in a lawsuit and made public. If you don’t want someone to know something, simply don’t post it online.

There are plenty of ways for your content to be made public from other places, and while I won’t go into all of them here, let me just say that these methods are well known and easy to use.

Let me reiterate – DONT put anything online you wouldn’t want everyone you know to be aware of!