Facebook is the fastest growing social network in the world today, with up to 250,000 new users being added every day. However, the fact of sharing your information presents a lot of risks, in particular your name which can be seen by other people and your profile which can be viewed. Anyone can get valuable information from your profile and recover private photos, ultimately causing you big trouble.
Step 1. These steps can help you separate the good people from the bad
Step 2. Set your profile's privacy settings to “Friends”
Thanks to this, you will be able to control who will have access to your data and images. You can also select the friends you want to allow (or not) to see certain images.
Step 3. Always watch for photos other people post that you appear in and are tagged with
You can see the photos where you are tagged by going to your profile, then click on "Photos" - you should see "Photos of you" and the amount of photos tagged. Click on it and browse the images. You should be able to remove tag from any photo you don't like, but people will still be able to see it. Do not hesitate for a second to "remove the identification" of the images you do not approve of.
Simply click on "Report / Remove Tag" below "Options" at the bottom of the image. Likewise, if you think a particular photo could put you in a compromising position, consult whoever posted it and ask them to remove it immediately. If they really are your friends, they should comply with your request.
Step 4. Do not post pictures of yourself under the influence of any substance
This refers to images such as: photos in the bar dancing or snapshots of the last time you went out drinking with your friends. Don't get photographed with drugs, especially if you are a minor, as anyone can just print the photo and show it to your parents or principal.
Step 5. Be aware of statuses, photos, videos, etc. whether you post whether your coworkers, coworkers, or even your boss are your friends on Facebook
If possible, avoid sending or accepting friend requests to coworkers, especially your boss. Granting them full access to your personal life will only have negative effects on your work.
Step 6. Avoid putting your phone number, mailing address, or home address on your profile
People often use words like their pet's name or numbers as passwords, so posting them online is not recommended.
Step 7. Never post information about your next vacation or about future travel as a status
If you do, you will only be asking for your house to be broken into. If you absolutely must post photos and details of your two-week trip to France, do so after, after you've returned home and not before or during your vacation.
Step 8. Change your password from time to time
Make sure your password isn't something obvious, like your date of birth or your mother's maiden name. Try to have at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, two numbers and a symbol. The longer and more complicated the password, the more secure you will be against account hacking. Always remember to sign out once you're done with Facebook, especially on a shared computer.
Step 9. Don't confuse Facebook with an online dating site
The goal of Facebook is to connect with people you know. Making your profile public means that you share your information with everyone, even if you don't know it, a risk you don't want to take.
Step 10. Be careful with those you accept as friends
Do not accept a friend request from someone outside of your country unless you know them really well. Only accept friend requests from people you know. You can add mutual friends that you don't know if you want, although this is not recommended. Only accept friend requests from people you know well - at least you need to know their favorite color, their siblings 'names, their pets' names, or something like that. Make sure it's the right person by looking at their photos. If she doesn't sound familiar, remove her from your Friends by going to your Friends List. Block anyone who appears to be threatening or harassing you.
Step 11. Take advantage of social network monitoring services
It doesn't matter if you're active or not, checking your kids' posts, posts, photos, videos, comments should be impossible. Remember: Children have no right to protect their privacy from their parents, but you don't necessarily need to read all of their posts unless you have reason to be suspicious. You should know their passwords, to see if they get into dangerous situations, speak inappropriately, or exhibit inappropriate behavior. You can, however, respect the individuality of your children and take advantage of online monitoring services. These services tell you what you need to know in an easy-to-use platform. Some of these services offer monitoring for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and cell phones, becoming your social shield against predators, stalkers, and reputation issues.
Step 12. Before clicking on any link from Facebook, be sure to check the address bar
She which should always say "www.facebook.com/" and not something else like "www.facebook33.tk" or "www.facebook1.php", etc., which is a clue of a hacker. It can steal your email and password, as well as post trapped links on your friends' walls.
- Remove whatever seems to you inappropriate. It could range from a message on a wall, an image or a status. What you thought was funny last night might not be so fun the next morning.
- If someone is intrusive or rude, remember that you can always report them and block them.
- Never accept friend requests and suggestions from people you don't know or from someone you know as a stalker, rude, or questionable person. Remember that some people can post false information and even a false profile picture. Beware of the people you add.
- Do not display your year of birth. This helps improve the security settings slightly and prevents identity theft.
- Make sure you don't post any mean or hurtful comments / statuses. This can lead to all kinds of problems.
- If someone is harassing you on Facebook Chat, please do not hesitate to disconnect. This can be done by clicking on the lower right corner of the page and selecting the “Log out” button.
- If someone tirelessly harasses you, sending you messages that are insulting, mean, inappropriate, and uncomfortable, you can remove them from your friends list or better yet, you can block them.
- If you see inappropriate comments or images, email them to Facebook at [email protected]
- If your child is on Facebook and is under the age of 13, monitor them once a week to see what is going on and make sure your child has all safety measures turned on.
- If you receive a friend request from someone you don't know, then be sure to show it to an adult if you're under 18 and report that person to Facebook.
- If someone you don't know is talking to you, then do not answer and block it immediately. Show it to your parents if you are under eighteen and ask them what to do.