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01 sep

4 Common Facebook Security Mistakes

RobertCordrayFacebook is a very, very powerful tool. It can be used to connect with friends, succeed in business and even help you with your schoolwork. Facebook can also cause a lot of problems for you, too. Getting sucked into Facebook can be time consuming, unproductive and boring, but more importantly, it can be a huge risk to your personal security. If you don’t take care of your Facebook privacy, you could be compromising your personal privacy. Here are four of the most common Facebook security mistakes that people make today.

4. Too Much Info

Some people are very naive, and trust people enough that they will put their information on the internet. They’ll write down their personal phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, they might as well put down their credit card numbers, too. Ideally, your Facebook profile will only be visible to those you trust, but there are plenty of bad people out there who would love to get their hands on your personal information.

The most important information like that doesn’t need to be shared, anyway. Even if your profile tries to ensure advanced threat protection by adjusting all of the privacy settings set properly, the people you trust the most probably have the information that you’d post. Your friends and family should know where you live, what your phone number and email address is. Not only should you not put that information on the internet, but it’s also unnecessary. Keep it off the internet, and keep yourself safe.

3. Location

Facebook will occasionally give you the opportunity to share your location in a private message, when you’re tagging someone or creating a new status. Here’s a piece of advice: Don’t do it! You don’t need to make your location public knowledge at all times. Many people will travel far away so that they can escape “the grid” and have people not know where they are.

Part of this is not telling people when or where you go on vacation. We don’t need to know until you come back, I promise. When you return, you can post all of your pictures and videos, and everyone will love to see it, but in order to keep yourself safe, refrain from posting anything that will show where you are, when you’re there.

2. Have A Unique Password

One of the most common passwords in the U.S.A. is, in fact, “password”. Creative, right? Passwords like “ABCDEFG” or “111111” aren’t going to be fooling anyone, either. Having someone hack your account can be a lot more costly than you think.

When we see people’s accounts hacked, we usually see that they sent us some form of an annoying spam message, right? If someone hacks your Facebook, it could be a lot more costly. Many of us have our debit or credit card information on Facebook. If that gets into the wrong hands, you could be getting yourself into a lot of financial and legal trouble. Make sure to use a password that is unique to you, and hard for hackers to get a hold of.

1. Use Your Privacy Settings

Your Facebook privacy settings are there for a reason. Use them. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about your privacy settings. Basically they help you can choose the people that are able to see your postings, who can see your profile and how people can search for you. Block people who you think are annoying or who are a potential threat to your security. Don’t add strange people and don’t let them add you.

Set your privacy settings so that only people that you personally know can see your profile, and you’ll avoid a lot of trouble. Setting these settings will help you feel more safe, keep your information private and your Facebook experience will be more enjoyable.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on September 1st, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

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