A large community as Facebook is very tempting to work with, but can be a dark side of the “benefit” of being a large community. We already start a chat on this trend and this is the continuation with more precise rules to implement.
I read a couple of articles recently which make me wander that I personally have the right approach with Facebook and even other platforms.
This is what I learned.
Don’t Use a Weak Password
We must avoid
- Simple names or words we can find in a dictionary
- If you use numbers don’t tacked them to the end
- Instead, mix upper, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters with numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as: mIch23y4yOu, it is other alternative to: MicheyForYou
Don’t Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
It’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you’ve already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. The right choice is to show only the month and day of your birthday or if the system request year as mandatory, give a bogus year.
Be Informed about Useful Privacy Controls
In your Facebook profile:
- You must limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself
- Restrict at list access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information
- You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, you also can block some people from seeing them
- Don’t give contact info, such as phone number and address, you are living in USA, this is enough
- Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions
- This is the biggest coming from collaboration, if someone else put your child’s name, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag
- If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.
- Don’t say I’ll be away from home next week; this is like putting a “no one’s home” sign on your door. Wait until you get back to home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was
- Be vague about the date of any trip
- With other words you can use other avenues to communicate with your closed friends, use e-mails, but don’t tell to 5,000 people what you will do tomorrow first because they don’t care, and second because you don’t really know them
Be careful what you post in a Caption
Don’t Give Detailed Info, Like What you are About to Do in Near Future
But Let Search Engines Find You
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page:
- Go to the Search section of Facebook’s privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results
- Be sure the box for public search results isn’t checked.
Don’t Permit Kids to Use Facebook Unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. Even 13 is not enough as a limit. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is
- To become one of their online friends
- Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. The kids don’t have bad intentions but they can goof very easily. For example, a kid who posts the comment “Dad goes to pick up Mom in one hour, I have to finish home work” every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents’ regular schedule, is like putting an door add ”hey, non of them are home until xxx hour.”
Hi! Be honest with me and tell if you already thought about all those bullets, I didn’t. And I have to correct some of my Facebook habits;as I like to sleep well…
See you on Facebook soon