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How to protect your privacy on neighborhood sites like Nextdoor

How to protect your privacy on neighborhood sites like Nextdoor
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Everyone's talking about Nextdoor. It's the social networking site that brings back good old-fashioned neighborhood chatter between your neighbors across the street and you. It puts you in touch with folks down the block and even people a few miles down the road.

It's reminiscent of simpler times that you might remember when your neighbors and you actually spoke. That was before we all disappeared behind our digital devices. Nextdoor is also like Facebook, where you can scan through your contacts' posts and photos, and you can post your own messages and photos. Only, Nextdoor limits your communication to people who live close to you.

You might alert those neighbors to prowlers you spotted in the neighborhood. Your neighbors might recommend a good plumber or mechanic. They could also tell you about yard sales or appliances they're giving away. Or you can alert them to a stray dog you found.

It sounds great and in many ways, Nextdoor is a great, new social media site that you should check out. (Read our tips to navigate Nextdoor here.) However, as we mentioned last week, Nextdoor has a dark side. Actually, it has a few dark sides that you must know about.

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