When you sit down behind the computer at your new Facebook account, you're probably not thinking about security. After all, what can strangers really learn about you from your Facebook account, anyway? Unfortunately, hackers, social engineers, and identity thieves will turn to your Facebook account in order to learn more about you and steal your vital information.
What Can They Find From Facebook?
There are plenty of things that can be discovered or stolen from your Facebook account. These include:
- Pictures of your kids and grandkids, especially those of a personal or private nature
- Information that could give a hacker the answers to your security questions on other sites
- Personal identifying information, especially if you post it
- Information about your location, including the fact that you're out of town or out of the house if someone wants to come in and rob you
Setting Those Privacy Settings High
The best defense against someone acquiring information that you don't want them to have is to avoid posting it to begin with. In case you add something you didn't intend, however, it's important to have your security settings high. To do this, follow these easy steps:
- Click the arrow in the upper right corner of your Facebook home page
- Choose the "settings" option
- On the left, choose "privacy"
- Check your options. Ideally, you should set it so that only your friends can see your posts. You can choose who you want to be able to look you up by email address or phone number and who you want to be able to send you friend requests.
Other Great Rules of Thumb
When you create your Facebook account, don't add people that you don't know personally. Some people will build wide communities of online friends for games and other purposes. While it's fine if you want to do that, make sure you have a profile just for gaming that doesn't include any personal information.
You should also be cautious about what you share, even with your friends. Consider for a moment whether or not you would tell everyone on your friends list about something, whether it's an upcoming vacation or information about a new large purchase. If you wouldn't tell them all in person, it shouldn't be on your Facebook wall.
Facebook is an excellent tool for staying in touch with friends and family across the world. Ideally, however, you want to be sure you're safe while you use it.
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