Social-networking sites make it easier to connect with friends and make new ones, but they also let casual acquaintances like co-workers—or your boss—look you up on a whim. Protect your privacy with these six steps from MarketWatch:
- Look for tools that allow you to restrict access to your profile, like the "private" setting on MySpace or the "limited profile" function on Facebook.
- Limit how much you associate your online profile with work. On Facebook, for instance, set your network as your geographic location rather then workplace.
- Don't alert people when you're leaving town.
- Be selective about who you friend.
- Unless you'd stand in Times Square and shout it, don't post it on you profile.
- On Facebook, everytime you join a network adjust your privacy settings on that network.