Imagine that you finally saved up enough money to backpack around Europe for a couple of months. You’re so excited that you can’t help but keep posting updates on Facebook. “Only three days left! Europe here I come! #SoExcited!”. When you arrive at your destination, you just can’t wait to get home to show your friends all the cool sights that you’re seeing, so you upload your pictures on Facebook right away, “standing in front of the Eiffel tower! So awesome!”. However, you notice that things are not so awesome when your trip is over and you’ve returned back home: someone broke into your apartment and stole everything you had of value. You call your insurance company and let them know what happened, but they are no help at all: they state that they took a look at your Facebook profile and noticed that you were basically asking to get robbed by letting everyone know you were on vacation, so they refuse to pay you.
Though this scenario is a bit extreme, it does exemplify the kind of outcome that can occur from not being careful with what you post on Facebook. From identity theft to losing your job, security experts warn users about the repercussions of using minimal privacy settings on social media. The following is a list of 10 things you should never put on Facebook, in order to keep you and your assets safe.
10 When You’re Leaving Your Home
9 Your Phone Number
7 Your Relationship Status
6 Your Date and Place of Birth
5 Your Current Location
4 Inappropriate Photos
3 Your Password
2 Your Home Address
1 Tagging Pictures of Your Children
Most parents are proud of their children and so it’s natural to want to show pictures of them to their friends. However, it is important to remember that you never know who you might be dealing with on social networking sites. According to How Stuff Works, if you want to protect your children, you should not tag or post pictures of your children if you do not restrict your profile. It’s a sad truth, but predators often use the Internet to stalk and find children. Beware of posting pictures and/or captions such as “Jr.’s first time walking to school by himself!”. The safest options if you want to share your family photos is to restrict your profile and send pictures to a trusted few who you know won’t share the pictures.
Sources: huffingtonpost.com, cbsnews.com, howstuffworks.com, about.com
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