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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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