How To Stay Safe On Facebook

Every day, an average of 250,000 new users join Facebook.  Almost all of these people join to keep up with friends and family.  However, it is inevitable that a select few do use the social media platform for malicious reasons.  It is important to stay safe when you are using social media.  Safety is something everyone should keep in mind and not just kids.

Personal Information

Personal information should stay personal.  Your phone, address and date of birth are things only your friends and family should know.  You do not need millions of people on Facebook being able to access this type of stuff.  You never know if someone will use it to track you down or steal your identity.  Unfortunately, one of the downsides of technology is that everyone needs to be a little paranoid.  This will help to keep you safe as you navigate the waters of the worldwide web.

Be Careful With Photographs

You want to make sure that only your friends and family can see your pictures.  This is especially true with pictures of children.  Some people use children’s photos for reasons most people cannot comprehend.  There have also been instances of companies finding good family photos to use for commercial purposes without that family’s consent.

You also want to keep other types of photos off of Facebook.  A good rule of thumb to have is that if you would not show the photos at a job interview, keep them off of Facebook.  You do not want pictures of you drinking, doing something illegal or partying to be seen by potential employers or others that could use them against you.  Keep it clean and think for a minute before posting a photo in your photo albums or on your wall.

Nothing on Facebook is Private

You can set your privacy settings to the max, but if someone really wants to see what is on your profile, there are ways to see it.  Keep this in mind when you are posting anything.  Keep all information you do not want everyone to know off of Facebook.  Things like personal drama, compromising photos and identifying information should stay off of social media.  Your privacy settings are also important if you’re running a fanpage that’s linked to your personal profile or if you plan to buy Facebook fans or likes and increase the traffic to your profiles.

Your Location

While adding your city seems harmless, it can put you in a dangerous predicament.  If you must list your location, simply list your state only.  If someone wants to find you, it will be a lot more difficult if they only know the state that you live in.  You should also refrain from posting things that could indicate where you live.  Posting something about going to Wal-Mart is fine because this store is all throughout the United States.  However, posting things about a local cafe or bakery can lead someone right to your town or neighborhood.

You also want to refrain from posting things that mean your house is empty.  For example, save the vacation photos until you are already home from vacation.  You never want people to know when you will be away from home.  While your friends likely will not rob your home, others may take advantage of the fact that your house is empty.

Chris Spencer loves to use Facebook for marketing and enjoys writing about Facebook for personal and business use.