FacebookOne woman’s story is a case that should remind us all about the dangers of online sharing. Caitlin Seida had posted a photo of herself on her Facebook account with a Lara Croft from Tomb Raider costume. However, her picture was copied from her site and posted on a blog where people mock photos and leave mean comments.

The Internet cruelty pushed Caitlin to fight back.  She had failed to restrict her Facebook privacy settings to “friends only”, which meant that she no longer had legal right to the photos she posted on her social media page and that other websites could use them. The photo had gone viral and had been reposted on social media sites, including Twitter and Tumblr. Caitlin issued hundreds of copyright violations to various websites but because it had spread so quickly it was almost impossible to contain.

Caitlin’s story is a reminder to take ownership of your content and protect yourself against viral attacks. Here’s how to set your photos to private:

1. Go to Albums. Click on an album and then click on the gray globe that appears beneath it. A pull-down menu will offer the options Public, Friends, Only Me. Click on Only Me or Friends.

2. Don’t forget: You can’t make cover photos private so be careful about the picture you choose.

3. For individual photos that are not in an album, you’ll have to go to each picture, click “edit,” and adjust the setting so that it’s not public.

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