National Library Week - April 13 - 19

Online Privacy

The Detroit Free Press published an article on Sunday, May 23rd addressing the security of your personal information on the Internet. The popular social networking site Facebook has come under scrutiny lately because of confusion over their privacy settings, resulting in a growing number of people deleting their profiles entirely. In this article, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does admit some privacy mistakes have been made.

The article lists websites you can use to detect your own online safety, including Profilewatch.org, which scores how private your Facebook information is and Youropenbook.org, showing what Facebook is making public. Reclaimprivacy.org will allow you to check your current Facebook privacy settings and make adjustments as you see fit. The June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports also features an article about online privacy as well as rankings on security software, many of which are free.

It's important to protect yourself from being vulnerable to online predators, and this information can help.