Ten things to avoid on Facebook
Night out on the town, the risque pictures, new friends and an eye-catching status update on the wall. The intended objective? Popularity. Plus, you don’t want your newly acquired ‘friends’ to miss out on your cool details. No one needs to know that you are unemployed, or just a loner, or operating from a dimly lit basement of your mother-in-law.
Facebook is a very powerful social tool. How you use it – for your benefit or loss, is totally up to you.
FB has become a part of our daily life. We are addicted to it; we often overlook some of the commonsense precautions. When it comes to FB, there are some big NO-NOs – social media networking behaviors we should always avoid and guard against. Here are the top 10 Facebook traits to stay away from:
1. Daily planner or vacation schedule: Users of networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are often warned against posting their vacation and out-of-town plans. Sharing your away-from-home information is just like putting a big sign in your front yard that reads: “I am not home!” This is an open invitation to the robbers and for break-in’s.
2. Date-of-birth: Commonsense, right? But you will be surprised to see how many of us post our date of birth on Facebook. Listing your date of birth on the ‘info’ page of FB is a big no-no. It is a very personal piece of information that can be used by others to steal your personal identity.
3. Home address: Along the same line as other personal privacy precautions, don’t put your home address on FB. Your real friends already know where you live. There is no need to announce your home address to everybody you meet online.
4. Password hints: Your place of birth, your mother’s maiden name, the first school you attended, your first pet’s name…..these are typical questions we subscribe to during many online accounts set-up. This may include our financial and banking accounts. Directly or indirectly sharing such info on Facebook is another possible security lapse we should always avoid. Continue reading