No one can deny how popular Facebook has become in the last 10 years. It’s amazing really. However, even with something as seemingly innocent as Facebook, it’s necessary to take precautions with your profile. Security experts have spoken out on this issue and are suggesting the following safety measures to keep you and your children safe on the world’s most popular social media site.
KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO A MINIMUM
While of course you want to list your name so other friends can find you, experts suggest you keep your personal information to a minimum. Keep in mind, just because the form asks for your name, address and phone number doesn’t mean you have to or should put that information down. With the risk of identity theft at an all time high, it’s suggested you do not put your birthday or birthday with year on your page. If a friend needs further contact information, let them email or call you to get it.
DON’T PUT UP PERSONAL PICTURES
If you choose to put up personal pictures, make sure your privacy settings are set to the highest level. Reported instances of pictures being used for commercial purposes are common, with the person whose identity was stolen never being aware. Additionally, child predators are known for taking innocent pictures from facebook profiles and using them for pornographic purposes. You can’t be too safe.
ALL REQUESTS SHOULDN’T BE ACCEPTED
Whether using FB for games or socializing, don’t accept all friend requests. The person may simply have liked your comments on someone else’s posts, or they may have run by a comment you made on a business’ page. The point is, you don’t know how they found you. If you don’t know who someone is, don’t accept their friend request.
For an example of a bare bones facebook page and how you should put minimal information it, check out Juliette on Facebook. Her profile is simply laid out, presents a picture no one could trace back to her, but is interesting enough to be recognizable on the various apps facebook utilizes. Be safe rather than sorry on this growing social media trend.