In May 2012 the eighth ICT guide entitled ‘How can we protect our privacy on Facebook?’ was released. This guide is intended for all Facebook users, regardless of the manner and level in which they use this social network. It is a short ‘user guide’ for all the available options for privacy protection, which is especially important to those who often share their views, comments and links to content that they like or support, as well as photos of themselves and of others who appeared in front of their photographic lens.
Many people assume that they are completely protected by selecting the option with which they make the published content available only to their friends, but sometimes the settings are not that simple. For example, when sharing a status on Facebook, you can select the audience for all the posts, but Facebook remembers your last selection and makes it the default for future posts until you change your selection again. The guide contains several such examples and simple rules for protecting your privacy on this service.
As for the micro-blogging service Twitter, a lot of things can be said within the available 140 characters. Sometimes you may say “I won’t be home for 2 weeks, I’m going on a vacation!” so you could actually be sending an invitation for someone to rob your home. How do we protect our privacy on Twitter? contains instructions and guidelines for privacy protection in terms of how much we share, whom we share it with and what kind of information we share.
Although it is primarily intended for professional use, LinkedIn also causes some privacy concerns. The amount of information we share is important for getting job offers and connecting with the right employers.
However, sharing on LinkedIn must be smart and professional, by posting a serious photograph and highlighting skills, experience and achievements. It is important to choose who can see your activities because you certainly don’t want your boss to know that you have applied for another job, at least not until you get it. By the way, your account on this service is public until set otherwise. How do we protect our privacy on LinkedIn? is a practical brochure with guidelines on creating an efficient profile, while protecting the personal data shared on the service.
Furthermore, forecasts say that in 2014 there will be 2.5 billion e-mail users worldwide. This is a huge number and it is imposing new privacy concerns. Therefore, the brochure How do we protect our e-mail privacy? includes tips on adjusting privacy settings for the three most commonly used email services: Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail, and the e-mail clients Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Office Outlook.
Why is it also important for us to know How to protect our privacy on YouTube? YouTube is the most popular website for sharing video content, monthly visited by 800 million users who watch 3 billion hours of video, and upload 72 hours of video every minute.
Videos often reveal much through their content, things that are not always consciously revealed, for example, passers-by, geographic information, places where you live, work and study. YouTube is especially dangerous for young people who are not aware of the consequences. Your activity on the service is visible on your profile, but in order to protect your privacy you can choose what you want to share: likes, comments, subscriptions…
All five publications contain specific advice and guidelines for adjusting user profiles for privacy protection. 300 copies of the publication have been printed in Macedonian and 100 copies in Albanian, but they are also available online and can be downloaded for free.