Protecting Your Privacy On Facebook

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A social media site many of us use is in the spotlight this week.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finished day two of testimony on Capitol Hill. 

Lawmakers have been questioning him about how personal information from millions of users got into the hands of British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. 

Some committee members suggested the social media platform needs more oversight, something Zuckerberg didn’t disagree with. 

“The internet is growing in importance around the world in people’s lives and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. 

He did caution too much regulation could hurt smaller startups. 

In the meantime, the issue makes us wonder how you can make sure your privacy is being protected online.

If you’re not careful, the wrong people could be learning a little too much about your life. 

Kevin Streff is a cyber security professor at Dakota State University. 

One of his top pieces of advice when it comes to your Facebook account?

Be conservative with your privacy settings. 

“You don’t not want to over privilege yourself or over privilege others to get access to your profile. There’s different levels and you’re going to want to be at those basic levels,” Cyber Security Professor Kevin Streff said. 

That way you won’t give everyone an open invitation to your personal information and photos. 

“If you put a picture of yourself or a picture of your grandma, next thing you know a Nigerian cafe is representing you,” Streff said. 

His next advice? Don’t accept every invitation that comes your way. 

Kelli Volk: If someone asks you on Facebook to play a certain game. You’re saying don’t do it.

Streff: Why? I mean unless you’re motivated and it’s going to be that much fun. You certainly have a level of risk with that. The problem is with a lack a regulation and rules in social media we don’t know how much risk that is. We don’t know that by my option into this game, what are they really collecting?

If you’re not already taking extra privacy measures, it’s a good idea to start. 

“These platforms are here; they’re here to stay and we’re going to see more and more of these kinds of platforms in the future, not just simply Facebook,” Streff said. 

While Facebook is the website making headlines this week, Streff says you should be conservative with any social media site including Instagram and Snapchat. 










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