Issues of privacy in social media are always a hot topic. As popular social media sites like Facebook frequently undergo changes, it’s important for its users to stay on top of their social account settings, and their posting and app activity.
Here are our top 10 Facebook privacy issues:
1. Check your Facebook account privacy settings.
Is your profile set to public? Who can view your information?
2. Never publicly post that you are away for an extended period of time.
This announces that your home is vacant and puts you and your domain at risk.
3. Never provide too much information about current whereabouts.
Facebook and apps have options like “check-in” which post your current location. This is indicative of where you’ve been and even where you are now. Do you want the public to know this info about you?
4. Never publish your full home address and contact details anywhere online, including on Facebook.
And be careful about posting your phone number, BBM pin, etc. It’s best to offer such details in a private message to those you want to reach you.
5. Avoid posting photos of your children and, if you do, don’t identify or tag them.
6. Use caution with Facebook apps or other mobile apps that want to post on Facebook for you.
7. Never post or tag photos of your friends doing questionable things.
8. Never post “insider information,” especially for publicly traded companies.
9. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know.
There are many phishing and related scams online which use fake Facebook identities in an attempt to gain user information.
10. Avoid using short, simple passwords.
Keep your social media account more secure by changing your passwords often, and use different passwords for different accounts.
Here’s a well made infographic about Facebook privacy, made by Best Computer Science Schools.
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