What Not To Do On Facebook

55521svt4tjx6z2 205x280 What Not To Do On FacebookA 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

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  3. In my opinion i think we have to give a strong password, because i have seen many people giving their username as passwords, so anyways great article on facebook.

  4. Nicole@muranoplace

    Such an awareness. Only world is such a very risky place, so we should all think before we click. Thanks for sharing this.. Good job!

  5. Facebook is interesting and penetrated in our day to day life and its hard for anyone to deny that but you are extremely right… letting everything know to facebook is like putting yourself in to dangerous hand and your information can easily be misused for some un ethical purposes that might hurt your personality image in the arena!

    I like the point about child and how you handle that… let not stop kids using facebook this is not good but instead sit with them and use with them so that you what they are doing on facebook!

    Over all a great stuff!

  6. Privacy is a big thing in Facebook or any other social networking site. Many people get hacked or even experience identity theft because of the very open access that they provide other people to their accounts. It is imperative and very important that Facebook users should be aware that not all people in the Internet are friendly and have good intentions. :)

  7. Really great tips, I was shocked when I realized that I have made the mistake of doing all of the above points. It was really an eye opener to read your post. It never struck my mind that someone could actually use the date of birth for fraudulent activities and I came to realize the same only after reading your post.

  8. great info about facebook … thanks for awareness

  9. I congratulate, what necessary words…, a magnificent idea

  10. It’s too easy to make all your personal details public on Facebook, and too few people understand the identity theft implications.

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