Privacy and Security on Facebook

February 20, 2014 7:49 pm

Privacy issues seems to make headlines almost every day.

With over 200 billion new posts per day, there is a lot of information that is being published and shared across the globe.

It’s important to protect yourself from unwanted attention but there is no need to fear social media. Teenagers seem to be especially at risk with research from The Best Computer Science Schools showing 55% of teens have given out personal information to strangers and 24% have had compromising information made public without their permission.

Take some time and check out your privacy settings on Facebook and make sure that you are protecting your information. Some key tips:

  1. Review your Facebook profile information to make sure your information is only accessible by friends and is not set to public
  2. Never publicly post that you are away for an extended period of time or give too much info about your current whereabouts
  3. Never publish your full home address contact details – if you work from home, get a PO Box or use a service that provides you with an alternative contact address
  4. Don’t post or tag photos of your friends doing questionable things. Employers are now turning to social media to profile potential candidates and embarrassing posts can lead to decisions about your character that might not be true.
  5. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Facebook should be a network of people you know and interact with. The average person knows 600 people and has 245 Facebook friends.

Source: Best Computer Science Schools