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Facebook tips to make password privacy issue a non-issue

Christina DesMarais | March 26, 2012
Facebook is in the middle of another hubbub over companies asking prospective employees for their login information for the social networking site as part of the hiring process, but you can make the obvious privacy concern a non-issue by being careful.

Third, use Facebook to your advantage rather than disadvantage. Instead of worrying about what people will find when they vet you online, how about being proactive about everything you share?

Like it or not, your digital identity is what defines you to potential employers and recruiters seeking you out online. And if you're interested in pushing your career forward, experts suggest that you take your digital identity seriously. The right words, photos, and social media banter online can impress a prospective employer or recruiter, while the wrong ones may turn them off.

All of this isn't to say that the practice of asking someone to hand over their social media login credentials is OK -- far from it. For one thing, your friends haven't necessarily given permission for non-friends to see their posts.

At the same time, over-sharing online can cause you problems because people you don't expect may be watching; avoid doing so and you'll be better off.



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