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How to Make Your MySpace Profile Secure

Part of the MySpace For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Alter your MySpace profile settings to limit who can see the information you post to the site; you'll increase your online security. Keep your MySpace page safe from unwanted contact by using the following tips:

  • Set your profile as private: The Privacy Settings link on the Change Account Settings page directs you to an option where you can limit full viewing of your profile to users who are on your Friends List. Non-friends can still see your profile name, location, age, profile photo, and MySpace URL.

  • Block photos from other users: Clicking the Add/Edit Photos link on your MySpace home page directs you to the Upload Photo page. The page includes an option to prevent other MySpace users from seeing your photos. Click the Only You button under Allow Your Photos to Be Viewable By: option to keep your photos to yourself.

  • Limit your blog audience: After you compose a fresh entry in your blog, you can determine who can read your entry.

    Consider your choices:

    • Diary: Readable only by you.

    • Preferred List: Readable by members of your Friends List you select and add to your list.

    • Friends: Readable by all members of your Friends List.

    • Public: Readable by all MySpace users.

  • Don't accept instant messages: The Account Settings page offers a link to set instant message privacy. You can choose to allow anyone to send you IM, limit to your friends only, or block IM altogether. The Privacy Settings link takes you to an option to block your online status, thus never letting other MySpace users know when you're available to receive messages.

  • Approve comments: Your Privacy Settings option also allows you to review comments before they're posted to your profile page. This option is helpful if you want to keep your friends from putting any information on your page that you don't want to share. You can also disable HTML in your profile settings so MySpacers who leave comments can't add photos or video to your comments.

  • Block users: Ignoring unwanted messages usually gets the point across (to most MySpace members) that you don't want to talk. For the persistent few who can't take a hint, you can click the Block User option in the Contact box on the would-be pest's profile page. Adding a user to your Block list keeps your mailbox free from contact with that person.

  • Deny, delete, edit, and erase: Your MySpace page is always under your control. If you ever feel that your profile settings, a comment, a blog entry, or a friend is hurting your privacy, MySpace includes the settings to edit your page.

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