Facebook is a public virtual place many people find entertaining, but a simple mistake or imprudence could become the cause of many problems, and not precisely virtual… but quite real.
For that reason, over the last few years experts have insisted in a series of recommendations to safeguard the privacy of the users and their families in a network with more than 700 million people.
If you’re one of those people who visit their Facebook profile every day, then you should check and make sure you’re not making one of the 7 security mistakes most commonly committed in this social network, summarized by AllFacebook.com:
- Don’t disclose your date of birth
According to financial experts, your year of birth is an excellent starting point for identity theft, as from your birth date it is possible to deduct user preferences and passwords.
It is recommended only to disclose your day and month of birth, not the year.
- Don’t announce you’ll be out of town
Nothing is better for a real world criminal than knowing when your home will be empty. After all, no one would put up a sign on the door stating “Left town for 2 weeks.”
- Avoid using obvious passwords
Kid and pet names, birthdays, addresses or favorite football teams are some of the worse security bars you can set between a stranger and your profile information.
It is best to use a strong password containing 8 or more characters mixing numbers and upper/lower case letters.
- Don’t underestimate privacy settings
It makes no difference to demand more and better privacy options from Facebook administrators if most users have never even checked them.
Currently, this social network allows users to determine who they would like to share not only posts but also personal information and pictures with, as who you can communicate with.
No one should use Facebook before having checked the menu’s Account —–> Privacy Settings.
- Think before you post
It is very dangerous to use social networks when you’re angry or without first thinking what you’re going to post. Also, before sharing personal issues or involving other people, it is best to think twice whether it’s worth sharing such information or what the consequences might be.
In fact, a study carried out by the firm Proof Point proved that at least 8% of companies have fired someone for “inappropriate use of social networks.”
It is frequent hearing about cases in which reckless posting generated legal problems or even put someone in jail.
Our advice: if you’re upset over something, take a minute and think whether you should post about it. If it concerns your work, think about the kind of post that could bring you trouble.
- Use private messaging
Many reflections, thoughts and other things can be shared with all your Facebook contacts, including those you barely even know. However, when it comes to intimate situations or invitations, you should use the private messaging option.
- Avoid posting information about your children under 13
Many people share sensitive information about their small children, their names, the school they attend and places they frequently visit.
Facebook is home to all kinds of people and you can never be really sure that whoever’s accessing your family’s information will not use it for their own advantage.
It’s not about getting paranoid, but if we’re always telling our kids to be careful with information, we should lead by example.