Don't be foolish on Facebook

Consumer Reports finds many Facebook users are not taking steps to protect privacy

Published On: May 17 2012 10:14:25 AM EDT

In an exhaustive survey of Facebook users, Consumer Reports finds far too many of us are failing to take even the most basic steps to protecting our privacy and personal information.

Consumer Reports found nearly 10 percent of us do not use or are not even aware of Facebook's privacy settings.

Nearly 5 million of us have posted when we were away from home. - a big tip-off to burglars.

Another 4.5 million have liked or joined groups related to an illness or disease – a potential tip-off to insurers.  

Millions of others disclose religion, sexual orientation, and political affilitiations by groups they join or like.

Those reporting harassment, threats or other problems rose 30% from a year earlier.

Your profile picture will be seen by everyone on facebook. If you're concerned about you or your child's privacy do not show a face.


You probably don't want every friend seeing every post so: 

Here's how to check privacy settings for yourself or your kids.: