David

We have a Facebook page. And we want you to follow us and like our posts. This allows you to receive occasional notices of news and events from us. To do this you need a Facebook account. 

If you're new to Facebook, you may benefit from the ways to enhance your privacy and security of your Facebook page.

UPDATE May 2014: Facebook has updated its privacy policies (again!) See http://www.informationweek.com/software/social/6-facebook-privacy-changes-explained/d/d-id/1269177 for six recent changes. 

About you

Facebook puts information about you on your About page. At first Facebook asks you for personal information, but you can still edit by clicking About below your cover photo. Mining phone numbers and email addresses is big business on the Internet, so I recommend you limit the personal information you add to your About page.

A phone number is a building block for hackers allowing them to create a personal profile. The more information you include the more complete this profile can be. Now, Facebook asks for information for your About page you can click Skip to avoid entering that item. You can also choose to enter an item and limit who can see it. The less personal information you provide the greater your security from spammers, hackers and other villains.

 

Privacy and security settings

If you haven't customized the settings for your Facebook page, you are making a lot of personal information available to anyone who might want to learn about you including those whose interest is strictly commercial.

Hint: In its default settings Facebook doesn't provide much privacy (at all!), and these change from time to time. You need to find the privacy and security settings and tailor them manually to your preferences.

Also, spamming is rife on Facebook, especially if you use apps, through which a spammer can contact you through a distant relationship such as a "friend of a friend." In the default state it is possible for an unscrupulous villam to hijack your account and spam your Facebook friends.

 

Obviously, we don't think you should avoid Facebook entirely. We do recommend that you check out the folllowing links to learn how to protect your privacy and thwart Facebook villians. Each article explains the gamut of privacy and security settings so you can make educated choices.

Here's a place to get started with security and privacy on Facebook. http://blog.tapestry.net/facebook-privacy-for-seniors/

And for a bit more depth into FB security and with a promise to update it regularly, see: http://lifehacker.com/5813990/the-always-up+to+date-guide-to-managing-your-facebook-privacy