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The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy

It is not easy to stay up to date on the latest Facebook Privacy settings and policies. Here is a quick review of the basics to get you started. The most important item to remember is that nothing is truly private. There are definitely some things that you can do to limit what is shared or filter what is shared with whom, but ultimately, if you are posting, sharing, or liking, it is information that is available. I believe that you should always approach Facebook, and really all social media in general, with the intention of only sharing information that you would want your customers or clients to read. If you do not have a business focus, then only share information that your mother or kids could read.

The Basics – Who Can See What?

There are several options with regards to who you can share your info with: you can set this as default in your privacy settings or you can set it on individual updates.  The individual update will override the default settings.

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  • Public – Yes, this means everyone.
  • Friends & Friends + – This is your friends, but your friends can choose to share with their friends, so it includes all of your friends and all of your friends’ friends.
  • Only me – Correct, only you can see it.
  • Custom – You can choose: select specific friends, networks, and lists.

You are completely in control of what you are sharing.  As I mentioned before, if you don’t want it public, don’t put it on Facebook.

Your Profile Settings: What Shows Up Under “About Me”

The long and the short of it is that you can set each item in your profile to have it’s own level of privacy.

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You can click the privacy icon on the left of each field to edit who can see that item. For example, if you are not interesting in everyone on Facebook know where you live, you can just click the drop-down menu to the right of the “Current City” box and choose who can see this information. You can make it public, visible to friends only, visible to you only, or like above, you can hit “custom” to make a more refined privacy decision.

It is worth taking the time to review all of the information that is available in your profile and making the decision for each.

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Two-Factor Authentication to Keep Others from Logging Into Your Account

I highly recommend setting up the Two-Factor Authentication.  This means you need to have a Facebook code and your password to log into the account.   Once your computer is set up, you do not need this again. But each time your Facebook account is logged into from a new computer or mobile device, you need the Facebook code.  The code is sent to your phone via text or your email.   You can set this up by going to your Account settings >> Security >> Login Approvals.   I suggest taking a look at the other options there as well.

Strong Passwords

Sometimes the simplest answer are the best ones. Use strong passwords; this is a combination of upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and/or special characters.  Don’t make your password something easily guessed like your kid’s or dog’s name.  Really think outside the box on this.  I like to make it easy to type as well — this will help you remember it in 2 days. :-)

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I would also always recommend that you log off of Facebook when you are not sitting at the computer, or if you have computer set up for it, lock your computer whenever you leave.

Educate Yourself

Take the time to read and understand the privacy policy.  Stay in tune to the changes that are always happening, and understand how all the different functions within Facebook work.  Read exactly what it is you are authorizing a website or an application to access and share.  One of the best things about Facebook is the ability to custom your experience, as well as your friends experience.  Definitely do this; you will make it much more fun and enjoyable for you and your friends… and you will get yourself safe and secure.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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