Ramblings of an old Doc

 

Well, I joined, but like Martin Brinkmann at gHacks.net, I took a look at the privacy settings first thing.

I strongly advise you do so also to advise sharing your profile automatically with everyone on the net.

 

There are quite a few settings to go through, and since I wish to make this brief, please go to his excellent (as usual)

article and go through it using his “tutorial”.  If you’re rushed though, do what he suggests here:

 

“Google+ Privacy in a minute or less:

Here is what you need to do to configure your Google+ privacy settings in less than a minute.

Click on your name and select privacy from the context menu. On the Profile and privacy page click on Edit visibility on profile and change visibility settings for the items on the screen. Once you are done click on your name again and Privacy.

Switch to Google+ on the left sidebar and modify the tagging and notification preferences on that screen.

Et voila, you have successfully configured your Google+ privacy settings.”

 

 

It can be found here: http://www.ghacks.net/2011/07/03/google-privacy-notifications-what-you-should-check/

 

Thanks, Martin for your timely and thorough walk through. It helped a great deal!

Update 1: Google to delete all "Private Profiles" from Google+ by July 31, 2011

http://www.neowin.net/news/google-to-delete-all-private-profiles-from-google-by-july-31

"While the help section  for Google+ states that almost all of the profiles for the Google Profiles are already public, it adds, "We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public." While some users may not care for this viewpoint, keep in mind that Google only requires that your profile show your name and gender on your page. Other personal info that you can to post on your page can still be kept private. The Google+ service also has a feature that keeps your profile page from being picked up on search results from the Google web site.

Earlier today it was reported that Google plans to rename its Blogger and Picasa divisions as Google Blogs and Google Photos, respectively. This new move is suppose to help consolidate most of the various Google brands before the official launch of Google+."

Update 2: Known Privacy bugs with Google+

https://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs




Comments (Page 1)
on Jul 05, 2011

Help out the ignorant, Dr - What's Google+?

on Jul 05, 2011

Facebook for Googleheads.

on Jul 05, 2011

I will look over the linked article in more detail tonight.  Thanks for the link.

on Jul 05, 2011

Daiwa - Google+ is a project to allow information dissemination in a safer atmosphere than facebook. Per Google:

http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/


You create "circles" of friends and acquaintances with whom you can 'share' different things - photos, announcements, etc.

"You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life."

Sparks -

"Remember when your Grandpa used to cut articles out of the paper and send them to you? That was nice. That’s kind of what Sparks does: looks for videos and articles it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something to watch, read, and share. Grandpa would approve."

and Hangouts -

"Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let buddies know you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until we perfect teleportation, it’s the next best thing"

PCWorld: http://www.pcworld.com/article/231368/google_social_network_handson_first_impressions.html

 

 

on Jul 05, 2011

Just got my invite today, will definitely look thru that link. Thanks.

on Jul 05, 2011

Since Goggle has such a great reputation, will this also be a site that you will have to worry what happens to your information?

on Jul 05, 2011

Philly0381
Since Goggle has such a great reputation, will this also be a site that you will have to worry what happens to your information?

My guess is yes.

The more I read that "don't be evil" motto the more often I remember "the lady doth protest too much, methinks." Hamlet is some freakin' kitchen sink of literature. And trust is in very short supply in that story...

on Jul 05, 2011

2 find this again some day

on Jul 05, 2011

Google is just struggling for supremacy against Facebook.....

2 corporate megaliths trying to be on top of the pile.

on Jul 05, 2011

And crush it in the process.

on Jul 05, 2011

GW Swicord

Quoting Philly0381, reply 6Since Goggle has such a great reputation, will this also be a site that you will have to worry what happens to your information?
My guess is yes.

The more I read that "don't be evil" motto the more often I remember "the lady doth protest too much, methinks." Hamlet is some freakin' kitchen sink of literature. And trust is in very short supply in that story...

Indeed. Act III scene II.

on Jul 06, 2011

Privacy Settings in Google + : What you should know

in short

Don't trust them with your info

on Jul 06, 2011

DisturbedComputer
Don't trust them with your info

Trust them (and friends/acquaintances/others) with only the info you feel comfortable with.

 

Scams to anticipate? An increase in email scams (phishing) representing themselves as an invitation to Google+ or to those participating with Google+. Make sure to mouse over any links. anything that looks suspicious, make sure to report to Google and your ISP. Also make sure to pay attention to grammar and spelling. They are frequent "tells". Graphics are not: The phishers are quite good at using/stealing the original graphics and using them.

Addendum: In order to be more helpful, I'm adding a "How to Identify Phishing" to this post.

The Windows Club has done some very nice work in providing an article on this topic for the general public:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-identify-phishing-attacks

 

on Jul 06, 2011

I can understand why people are so skeptical but what confuses me is that they already have info online (otherwise they wouldn't even be able to comment on here) so why is everyone so terrified of, say, google anyways. What? Is everyone here on Stardock's multiple forums liars and simply made up fake accounts to post random stuff on here? I used my own email to sign up here.

I don't give any site any more info than I need to but that doesn't stop me from using the sites. DrJBHL has had to give up his info in order for him to bring us all of this wonderful information he post here daily. He doesn't seem worried. Is it genuine fear of people stealing your info or is it their own ignorance that scares most people? Not trying to intentionally insult anyone but I believe it's a legit question.

on Jul 06, 2011

Not directed to anyone as a reply:

Please note Update 1 in the OP.

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