In today’s technological cyber era more and more people are finding themselves the victims of identity theft and burglaries that could be prevented if they simply followed a few easy tips to keep their personal information safe on Facebook.
Facebook Security Tips
Never mention that you’re going to be out of town on your Facebook wall. This information combined with your personal profile information may be just enough to give thieves the data they need to rob your house while you’re gone. Instead, brag about your trip and post pictures when you return.
Don’t allow children under the age of 13 to have accounts on Facebook. Tweens will beg and plead but Facebook states users must be 13 years of age. Before the age of 13 many teens are too innocent to know not to give out personal information on that little pop up chat window. Be safe and educate your children to keep this information a big secret. Better yet, have the computer in a living room or family room and keep an eye on your child when they are online.
Another great idea for Facebook security tips is to list the county you live in rather than the city. This leaves much more for someone intent on stealing your identity to have to research. Thieves want an easy target, don’t make it easy for them.
Keep your birthday private, at least the year. If someone was to find your credit card all the need is a little bit more information and they can change everything on it and steal your identity. The less information you keep on your profile the better.
Beware of what you share and click on. Some share everything they like on Facebook. This is a bad habit that can easily lead you into malware and other virus programs that will take over your system and leave you without a computer until you can get the virus cleaned up. Hackers and thieves will set up bogus accounts and wait for you to click share in order to steal your information. Only share from trusted friends and sites.
Choose who gets to see what on your profile page. Let’s face it, some “friends” are really only game players that are helping each other but you don’t really know them. Allow family and friends you know well to see your posts and pictures but lock the pictures and posts from others by choosing who sees what each time you post a picture or post. Use the little icon in the upper right corner to choose your post and picture viewers.
Don’t add just anyone to your friends list. If you don’t know them find out who they are and why they are befriending you. Hackers and thieves set up multiple accounts to glean information for their own purposes. Don’t fall victim to this trend. Guard your privacy. If you don’t know them or if something seems fishy, it probably is. Decline the friendship offer immediately.
Lock the security of your system by logging in in secure mode. Simply go to your Account Settings and choose “Security” and then choose from the options on the left hand side of the screen. Choose “Secure Browsing” and enable it. Make sure to save your change. Your page may take longer to load and you won’t be able to play some of the games, but it is worth it to guard your privacy.