I Heard Facebook Isn’t Very Secure

If you’re of the mindset that Facebook isn’t very secure – read on:

Everyday millions of users across the globe access Facebook. Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. It’s a great social outlet as well as platform to build, maintain or grow a business. Yet despite all the wonderful opportunities Facebook affords people from all walks of life, there is still a segment of people who aren’t on Facebook.

For those who aren’t on Facebook, the most common reason they tell me why they haven’t jumped in is because “I heard Facebook isn’t very secure.” To that I say – you are operating from a point of misinformation and/or misunderstanding. Out of all the places you can be on the web, Facebook is one of the most secure. Or it certainly can be one of the most secure social media sites – providing you edit your account and privacy settings so that no one has access to anything you post or do, unless you explicitly give permission.

No I didn’t drink the koolaid. I know of what I am speaking.

I recently attended a Conference on Crimes Against Women where I met with Genevieve Ovalle, who is a Law Enforcement Response Specialist for Facebook Security. I am more convinced than ever than FB is one of the most secure social networking sites you can be on. Again, let me say that if you’ve heard horror stories about personal information getting out, it’s most likely because the user did not properly protect his/her personal information with the privacy and account settings or he/she just merely willingly shared far too much than the public needed to know.

Did you know that Facebook regularly cross references their member list with each state’s registered Sex Offender registries? Then they deactivate those accounts? Did you know that they respond to all reports of cyber bullying within 24 hours – usually within two hours? They take the safety of their users very seriously.

So if you don’t choose to use Facebook, that’s certainly your option. But if you’re staying away because you think it leaves you too vulnerable, then that is an inaccurate statement. If you have questions about how to properly set your privacy settings or how to block certain individuals or limit who sees your posts, photos and information visit FB’s security page – as it’s loaded with practical, easy to use tips. I’m certainly happy to help you too.

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