Protecting your privacy on Facebook and other social media sites
SEATTLE - As Mark Zuckerberg began answering questions on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, local experts are offering advice to protect your data and privacy on Facebook and other social media networks.
“I think you have to assume that when you’re using social media or you’re doing anything online that it’s public information” cybersecurity expert Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky said. “That may not be your intent, but you can’t assume privacy.”
Dr. Endicott-Popovsky is the Executive Director for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington. She deleted her Facebook years ago because she was concerned about their privacy standards.
She tells KOMO News that social media users need to be thoughtful consumers online.
“Think like your adversaries,” she said, stressing that users should show skepticism and realize the value of their data. But she doesn’t think users need to delete Facebook, only do a risk assessment.
“If someone is comfortable and thinks they get more benefit than risk out of it, I say go ahead and do it, but what people aren’t recognizing is the risk of being online period,” she said.
Experts also recommend you check and delete unfamiliar apps that have access to your data.
You can do that in your Facebook settings, by clicking “Apps and Websites” in the left column.
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