Tag Archive for Facebook

Social Media and Your Privacy

“If I see one more ad for the perfect wedding dress, I might scream.”  I sat at my desk, scrolling through my Facebook page while I talked to my best friend on the phone.

She laughed and asked, “Why are you looking at ads for wedding dresses?”

“I’m trying not to!”  I couldn’t help but shake my head myself.  For the past two weeks, it’s been a rarity not to have at least one ad on my Facebook feed for engagement rings, honeymoon destinations or – you guessed it – the perfect wedding dress.  I’m recently divorced.  No intentions of marriage in the foreseeable future.  But Facebook doesn’t know that about me.  All they know is that I started helping my sister plan her a few weeks ago.

It’s no coincidence that the ads you see on your Facebook page are relevant to things you might be interested in.  Read more

Why Privacy Matters

“How did you find me?”  I had to ask.  I felt like he at least owed me an answer since I had politely answered all of the questions he’d had about the car I had owned a few months earlier.  A car he recently bought from a used car dealer.

“I back-tracked the VIN number through the DMV website and found your information through the state’s online database.”  His response sent a wave of uneasiness through me.  This was no tech geek; he was an ordinary guy who worked in construction.  I was floored by how easily he was able to track me down.  I immediately began imagining what someone with even a little computer background could find out about me.  When I hung up the phone, I began a little digging of my own.  I was surprised at what I found.  Read more