Originally posted on WinningMark.com.
If you are a) on Facebook and b) a busy person it’s likely that the social networking site’s new privacy settings rolled out last month weren’t your top priority. If you just agreed to the simplest option of selecting Facebook’s recommended privacy settings, you probably unwittingly made a lot of private information available to strangers.
Facebook’s default is to make things like your status updates, photos and more available to everyone – those on Facebook and anyone just Googling your name. It is easy to go back and adjust your privacy settings to make your activity on Facebook available only to your friends, or friends of friends. The New York Times has written an easy-to-follow guide to adjusting three important privacy settings.
It will be worth it to spend five minutes to protect your privacy, writes the Times. “While you may think these sorts of items aren’t worth your time now, the next time you lose out on a job because the HR manager viewed your questionable Facebook photos or saw something inappropriate a friend posted on your wall, you may have second thoughts. But why wait until something bad happens before you address the issue?”