Thinking About Quitting Your Social Network? Read This First – Six Tips Every User Should Know

May 27, 2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ –

    WHAT/WHY:  Facebook has been under fire for the changes made to its
               privacy model last month, yet despite the latest privacy
               and control settings announced this week by Mark
               Zuckerberg, some groups are rallying users to boycott or
               even delete their profiles on Facebook on May 31 and June
               6 in protest. For those who are not ready to completely
               delete their profile or are perhaps too emotionally
               invested in their account, there are less extreme options
               to consider.

    EXPERTS:   Norton's Lead  Cyber Security Advisor Adam Palmer and
               Norton privacy experts are on hand to share tips with
               users on how to better protect  their private information
               on social networking sites, including:
               1. Never share your password with anyone - Not even your
               best friend or significant other
               2.  Watch the digital crumbs you leave behind - Remember:
               your photos, videos, comments live forever on the Web.
               Don't post anything you wouldn't want your grandma or
               future employer to see.  Also never post sensitive info,
               such as your phone number, e-mail or birthday.  And
               there's no need to share everything in your status updates
               (e.g. "Off to Vegas for the holiday weekend!")
               3. Ignore the "Check Out the Best Beach Bods" link from
               your "friend" - It likely came from a hacker who broke
               into their account
               4. Make sure links posted to your page are safe - Use smart
               Facebook applications like Norton Safe Web for Facebook to
               run a scan for poisonous links posted on your wall
               5. Limit your "Circle of Trust" - If you are using social
               networking sites to connect with family and friends,
               ignore requests from people you do not know - it could be
               a cybercriminal
               6. Stay informed of Facebook's privacy settings and changes
               to it

    WHEN:     Interviews available upon request

    CONTACT:  Karina Carretero
              Edelman for Norton

SOURCE Norton from Symantec

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