"Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." -- Benjamin Franklin
The first quote above is real, and the second is obviously made up. If you accepted the second at face value you have a severe gullibility problem that needs to be addressed.
With respect to the first quote, all criminal collaborators understand the truth therein. I submit that anyone with two or more "Friends" on Facebook should take this saying to heart (unless, of course, those Friends are deceased).
You should never expect privacy on the internet. The expression "internet privacy" is an oxymoron. You should assume that all your postings and every site you visit are backed up on a server somewhere and could be available to almost anyone anywhere at any point in the future. Ever hear about Wikileaks or the hacker group Anonymous? Government security agencies regularly monitor the social media for so-called subversives (a group I may be in, since I openly criticize many government policies and actions), and government agencies use the social media for propaganda.
What I find most baffling is that the same people who post the most personal things on the social media suddenly become concerned about their privacy settings. You may have seen people post items like: "Finished moving into new house at 123 Gullible Lane", with photos showing furniture and electronics. A few weeks later there may be a post "Woohoo! Going to Costa Rica Dec. 20-Jan 5". I can remember when burglary used to be like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates -- thieves never knew what they were going to get. Now anyone with rudimentary hacking skills can peruse potential targets without leaving home.
The Facebook privacy settings issue I deal with in this post is the one raised in this message which I have seen many times:
The first thing that tells me this could be a hoax (which it is) is the EXCESSIVE USE OF CAPS. But instead of the normal proliferation of exclamation marks this message uses bastardized ellipses for some sentence enders.
What I did to determine this was a hoax was pop the sentence "" into a search engine. You could use a smaller quote from the passage, and get similar results. I got 3.7 million returns, of which the first 4 appear below (click for sharper image):
Note that the Snopes link is first. This is one of the most popular sites for examining the truth in internet postings. So here is the Snopes link. Snopes quotes from a Sophos article which is worth reading; it seems to be the best analysis I have found.
The second link is some internet tech site where the writer has no problem calling this a hoax.
The fourth link is to Facecrooks where the privacy settings notice is referred to as a hoax. Facecrooks also refers to the Sophos article linked two paragraphs above.
If you read some of the articles linked above you will understand the issue better. Basically, the solution is to ensure that you use the "Friends" or "Custom Settings" to restrict who can view your postings, and ask your Friends to do the same. The problem seems to arise when people use the "Friends of Friends" or "Public" settings, so don't use them and ask your Friends not to also.
You can review and change your Facebook Privacy Settings by clicking on the little arrow at the extreme upper right of your Facebook home page. Here's a Facebook link on how to set your privacy setting on an individual post and another Facebook link on all issues related to privacy.
Unrelated to the above, I would encourage anyone who questions images on the internet to become aquainted with the Tineye site. I have a plugin for this site on Firefox so all I have to do to find where else the image has appeared on the internet is right click the image, and click the Tineye option and in less than a second I will have all versions of the image.
This is especially handy in debunking hunting and fishing fables that I get regularly via e-mail. But it is also good at determining whether an image has been altered, and for tracking down where it was first posted.