Google+ Vs. Facebook Privacy [Exclusive Infographic]

By Megan O'Neill 

These days most of us spend a lot of time on social sites like Facebook and Google+, but how often do we stop to think about privacy?  Unfortunately, not as often as we probably should.  In a new infographic shared exclusively with Social Times, PEER 1 Hosting explores the privacy settings on both Facebook and Google+ and reveals that even if we have our privacy settings in place we may not be as protected as we think we are.

According to the infographic, ‘Facebook Vs. Google Plus Privacy: What You Need To Know’, if we’re not careful Facebook will do everything from sharing our phone number to mapping our location.  Facebook tracks our habits, guesses our interests and more.  However, they do seem to be changing their ways.  You can now choose who gets to see the content you post, and you can prevent people for searching for you on the site.

How does Google+ stack up?  While circles do aid with privacy, Google+ still allows anyone to add you, so you’ll have to be prudent about only sharing certain content with certain circles if you really want to stay protected.

So how can you protect yourself?  PEER 1 Hosting suggests keeping your phone number and address off social sites, protecting your photos and sharing content with limited contacts.  Additionally, you should check for changes in privacy settings regularly.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about privacy settings on Facebook and Google+ and let us know what you think.  Do you pay attention to your privacy settings on social networks?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.