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Do you read every single “Terms of Service” you come across before clicking “I Agree” to? If you’re anything like me, the answer is no. In fact, I’ve agreed to hundreds since I first started using AOL 14 years ago, but I haven’t read one. Should we be more careful?

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  1. 1. August 19, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You Should Check 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You Should Check Do you read every single “Terms of Service” you come across before clicking “I Agree” to? If you’re anything like me, the answer is no. In fact, I’ve agreed to hundreds since I first started using AOL 14 years ago, but I haven’t read one. Should we be more careful? I try to align myself with respectable websites — Their reasons for using your likeness are obvious. using services that many others use. And this lea- LinkedIn provides a free service, and in exchange, ves me with a sort of “someone else will catch it if you provide a personal touch. In the end, however, something’s wrong” mentality. So far (I think) that this is probably not what many users expected upon has worked out okay. signing up. LinkedIn has yet to comment back to us on this. But as online industry grows, and we sign up for one social network after the other, we can’t forget 2. Facebook that we’re trusting our sensitive information to cor- porations. Most TOS include a clause that allows Facebook is infamous for its nebulous privacy po- companies to change their TOS whenever they need licies. Visiting facebook.com feels more like you’re to. So, in an effort to not be paranoid, but cautious, visiting your own community and less like a service, here’s a list of 8 things to check up on in social media. which gives off a false sense of comfort. Its extre- Who knows? Maybe you’ll be surprised by what mely open philosophy on web identity has spawned you’ve agreed too. protest, anger and attempts at alternative services . One particular setting allows Facebook to use you 1. LinkedIn in advertisements targeted towards your friends. It doesn’t actually do this yet, but says it might in the By default, LinkedIn can use your name and photo future. This setting, which is similar to LinkedIn’s, in its advertising campaigns. If you don’t feel like makes perfect sense for a company and little sense endorsing linkedin.com, uncheck this box. It’s not for a community. I would be angry, but I already terribly hard to find, so login and go to: Username expected this from Zuckerberg and friends, and I’ll > Settings > Account > Manage Social Advertising. continue to use Facebook for no reason other thanjoliprint because that’s where my friends and family are. Manage your inclusion in ads: Account > Account Settings > Facebook Ads Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/10-risky-default-settings-in-social-media-that-you-should-check/ Page 1
  2. 2. August 19, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You Should Check 5. Google Like Twitter, it’s easy to connect your Google ac- count to third parties. Google officially explains why you might have done this here. Go to your account settingsto see what websites have access. Your list probably includes harmless things like Stack Over- flow and analytics plugins, but you might as well 3. Facebook (again) be extra safe. While you’re at it, you may want to do two more 6. Hulu things: By default, Hulu shares your recent movies and 1) Check out your active Facebook sessions and end queue. And by connecting with Facebook, you can any that seem risky. This might prevent those prank get extra social with your movie/TV watching. This status updates from your less-than-tasteful friends… is great, but potentially embarrassing for some. I don’t mind letting my coworkers know I’ve stayed Account > Account Settings > Security > Active Ses- up all night watching every episode of Dilbert, so I’ll sions. Click “End Activity.” leave that box checked. That same theory might not ring true to how many times I’ve listened to “Stereo 2) Review the list of apps that you’ve authorized Love” on Spotify. to interact with your account. If you’ve been using Username > Account > Privacy and Settings > Sharing Facebook for a few years, you’ll find remnants of what you do on Hulu… the past like the honesty box and bumper stickers. Notably, you can even connect to Myspace this way 7. Google+ (a pretty sad sign of defeat). Removing the apps one at a time will be boring, so brace yourself and click Google+ has done a decent job balancing the public here! and private aspects of a social network. By being late in the game, it’s learned from a lot of Facebook’s 4. Twitter mistakes. One enticing feature is its limited posts, which allows you to customize what each of your Twitter’s popularity makes it a common choice for Circles can see. Now all we need is an extension that linking with external websites. Everything from excludes circles based on the use of curse words and Twitter’s own applications to Twitpic, Disqus and drug references. Take a look atGoogle+’s privacy blogs like TNW do it! Luckily, we haven’t heard of settings and understand the benefits and risks of much abuse involving Twitter’s API, and managing limited posts. which applications have access to your account is easy. Go here to tidy up a few loose ends by endingjoliprint the connections you don’t even remember making. Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/10-risky-default-settings-in-social-media-that-you-should-check/ Page 2
  3. 3. August 19, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You Should Check 8. Yahoo CloudTag: risky , default settings , social media , check , Acer as07b41 Battery , Acer as07b51 bat- Yahoo, like Facebook, keeps track of your recent tery , Acer as07b42 battery , Acer as07b31 Battery locations. Review them and make sure there isn’t any suspicious activity on your account by visiting their location management page. It’s kind of creepy to see a list of all the places you’ve been, so maybe Battery Technology Related Articles: clear everything anyways. 9. Gmail Battery Technology | Laptop Battery Life Gmail also tracks your recent activity and can be set to alert you of any abnormalities, including if 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Edu- your account is simultaneously open at another cation by batteryfast.co.uk location. Take a look by logging in and scrolling to the bottom of mail.google.com. On the right, click 6 Excelent Products that Could Come from the “details” under “Last account activity: # minutes Google-Motorola Deal ago.” Google officially explains how you can use this feature here. NFC: Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile by bat- teryfast.co.uk 10. Flickr How Today’s Students Use Technology Your photos can say a lot about you. If you’re creating work that you want to protect, you’ll need to make What a student’s major is important to consider sure you limit access to your original image. Othe- when choosing a laptop rwise, you might end up seeing your work floating around Tumblr, unattributed. Watermarks can help Help Tips: Do Your Eyes Have Computer Vision Syn- you play it safe. It’s also important to remember that drome? many cameras now store your GPS location for each photo taken. Power-users are extra vulnerable, be- Lose Your Laptop? Change all Passwords, Quickly cause your data could eventually reveal your daily routine or home address! That said, Flickr makes it Battery Technology | Follow 6 tips To taking care easy to avoid these issues. Go here to manage your of your Laptop Battery privacy and property. Top 10 ways to improve iPad battery life | Battery This is, by no means, an end-all list to dubious set- Technology tings in social media. Let us know what other risky defaults you have found so we can add them above! To read more good posts, please follow us on Twit-joliprint Practice safe browsing! ter: http://twitter.com/batteryfastuk Thank you! Other Business News: Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/10-risky-default-settings-in-social-media-that-you-should-check/ Page 3
  4. 4. August 19, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk 10 Risky Default Settings In Social Media That You Should Check Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a com- ment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this delivered automatically to your feed reader.joliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/10-risky-default-settings-in-social-media-that-you-should-check/ Page 4

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