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How To Stay Safe On Facebook

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. 

The Brands You ‘Like’ on Facebook are Using You – Here’s How to Stop Them

How many hours a day do you spend on Facebook? The more time you spend, the more you’re interacting with your friends. While you’re there, you’re probably interacting with a few of your favorite brands and businesses, too. When you come across a good company, you might “like” it. Whatever purpose this serves for you – communicating with brand reps, getting special offers, showing off your interests to the world – it also serves a big purpose for the business itself. Now that you’ve liked them, you’ve officially become a brand rep yourself, whether you realize it or not.

Feeding Frenzy

When you like a business, your friends are notified in their newsfeeds. Hopefully you knew this already; if not, think about it the next time you want to show your support for the local strip club (“Hi, Mom!”). Businesses love getting your likes because it means their reach is automatically extended to your friends. Since your friends presumably trust you, they might be convinced to check out that business and come to like them, too. Every time you like one of their statuses or posts, they get the same benefit of their content appearing in your friends’ newsfeeds, too.

You’re the New Ad Rep

But it doesn’t stop there. You know the Facebook ads that come up on the right side of the page? Right underneath the ad, you can find out which of your friends likes that business already. When you like a business, your name is appearing underneath the ads that your friends see, too. It works like this: You like brand X. Your friend sees an ad for brand X. Facebook and brand X make sure your friend knows that you like brand X. Suddenly, you’ve become brand X’s newest advertising rep. They’re using you to get to your friends. They’re taking advantage of your like and using it to make you seem like a staunch advocate of their brand.

How to Sever Your Ties

Facebook’s privacy settings are notoriously lenient when it comes to the “privacy” part. Changing your settings is not easy or intuitive, but it can be done. You can change your settings so that your name does not appear on any Facebook ads, and your friends will no longer be continually reminded of which brands you like. Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Click on “Account Settings” in the dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page.
  2. Click on “Facebook Ads” on the left side of the page.
  3. Underneath the heading “Ads and friends,” Click on “Edit social ads setting.”
  4. At the bottom of the page find the dropdown menu next to “Pair my social actions with ads for,” and Click on “No one.”
  5. Click “Save Changes.”

After you follow those steps, the businesses you like will no longer be able to pimp you out in their ads on your friends’ pages, and your brand allegiances will be kept (a little) more private.

Lisa Hann writes articles addressing current marketing trends for www.seomap.com. Lisa has over ten years of experience in the field and loves to hear from her readers.

Facebook Privacy: Your Embarrassing Moments on Facebook

 

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Everyone has those moments on Facebook that are just embarrassing. A bad photo is posted. You have to deal with saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. You make a statement and wish you just had not. The bad news is that now, these messages are able to be collected by a new application and displayed, again, for everyone to see.

In a time when Facebook privacy settings are all important, it has become increasingly necessary to pay attention to the specifics of each setting or security measure provided. Some Facebook users are now learning the hard way that these messages, those all embarrassing ones that you hoped would get lost in the Facebook stratosphere, are popping up again.

A new website is now able to pull posts from the wall of various Facebook users in an effort to expose them. The website is located at YourOpenBook.org. The application on the site that is in question is Facebook Search. As the name implies, the feature allows users to search through the site for various reasons and with various methods.

One of the ways in which the application is working is by posting messages on the site from Facebook users who are brazenly bragging about playing hooky from school or work. Have you ever said something about your boss? Perhaps you made a comment about your coworker to another coworker thinking they would never learn about it. These are all things that could get you in trouble if they make it to FacebookSearch and on the site.

Perhaps you are like another group of Facebook users who posts information that is all too personal. If you are guilty of posting “too much information” on any subject, keep in mind that it is not just your followers on Facebook that are going to have to deal with it. Now, this search feature can easily pull information off the site and place it on the web.

Who are these people? While it may seem that the developers of such an application are after you or are being malicious with the way that the site is designed, they promise they do not have malicious intentions. So, why do it?
One of the reasons why the group has put together the website is to offer the world of Facebook users some way to teach others. There are plenty of naïve Facebook users that really have no idea what their security settings are nor are they conscious about what they put up on the site.

What is the moral of the story? Perhaps what people can take from this exposure through FacebookSearch is that they should take the time to learn what their privacy settings are and to adjust them accordingly. Further, realize that what you say on a social networking site like Facebook, does become public knowledge in many cases.

You can check your Facebook privacy settings by simply visiting the site directly and logging in to the security features. If you have not done so, check out the site and find out just what people are talking about.