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Some tips for safe Facebook use

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Some tips for safe Facebook use

/ 02:42 AM February 08, 2017

Filipinos rank seventh among the world’s most digitally active people, but only one out of nine of the 54 million Facebook users in the Philippines can identify a safe page, according to a study by the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab.

To help Filipinos stay safe online, here are some tips from Kaspersky Lab. Sylvia Ng, general manager at Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia, says users should take a closer look at Facebook settings and restrict who can see what they share.

1) Who can see your future posts?

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Use this setting to specify who will see your new posts. This does not change access settings for old posts. You can do this without going into the settings. If you want to specify who can see a new post, use the button below the new post field, to the left of the Post button.
2) Review all your posts and things you are tagged in.

The Activity Log records when you like a post, leave a comment, or tag somebody. Check the Comments tab if you want to find all your comments; the Likes tab contains everything you ever “liked”; and Posts You’re Tagged In shows the posts in which you were tagged.
3) Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with Friends of Friends or Public.

This setting lets you hide old posts from friends of your friends or Internet users in general. You can choose who can contact you, look you up, add things to or post on your Timeline.

This option lets you approve or hide tagged posts from your Timeline only. Choose “Only Me” or make a “Custom” list to hide tagged posts from public. You can also manually untag any post or photo you dislike.

These other settings might also be helpful:

Restricted List—one more way to divide posts into personal and public. Friends you add to this list will not be able to see posts visible to your general friends audience. Facebook doesn’t notify users when they are added to the restricted list.

Block Users—if you want to break entirely with a certain Facebook user, block him/her. He/she will not see things you post on your Timeline or be able to tag you, invite you to events or groups, start a conversation with you, or add you as a friend.

Block Pages—you can block pages that belong to an online shop, newspaper or other organization. The blocked Page will no longer be able to interact with your posts, or like or reply to your comments. You will be unable to post to the Page’s Timeline or message it.

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Public Posts page—allows people who are not your friends to follow you. Public post comments, Public post notifications and Public profile info let you choose who is allowed to comment on your posts and decide if you want to receive a notification when users who are not on your friend list follow you, like, comment on, or repost your public posts.

Facebook gathers data about you and uses the information to show ads to you and your friends. If you don’t approve, prohibit Facebook from using your data for advertising.

Visit www.kaspersky.com.

Partnership for women

The SM Foundation, SM Store, St. Luke’s Medical Center and its partner hospitals held #GoRedForWomen Day recently to promote women’s heart care and raise awareness on heart disease.

Women in red enjoyed a 10 percent discount and availed themselves of free heart screening in selected SM Store branches.

The SM Foundation mobile clinic conducted free electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests at the SM Mall of Asia. Leaflets with tips on what to do during a heart attack were distributed.

SM Foundation has been active in raising awareness about proper heart care and conducts regular information drives to promote healthy habits and lifestyles.

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