There are some things that shouldn’t be shared online
Facebook is an incredibly popular social media platform that helps people stay in touch, share news, and express themselves. Most users are familiar with its privacy settings and feel reassured that the information they post is only seen by trusted friends and family. But many are too comfortable with the platform, freely sharing news and information and forgetting that they are on the Internet, where dangers lurk. Here are five things you should never post on Facebook, even if your account is private.
Facebook is known for its frequent changes and the addition of new features. Even if you think you understand its privacy settings, it’s important to be aware of any updates and changes. Check out Facebook’s terms of service to stay up to date.
The full dates of birth of your family or yourself
Everyone likes to receive messages birthday party on Facebook, feel the love and warmth of friends and family members near and far. But when you include your birthday in your Facebook profile, you are giving criminals key information needed to steal your identity. If you absolutely must have these birthday greetings on your wall, at least leave your year of birth outside your profile.
Your relationship status
It’s tempting to make a bold statement and change your relationship status to “single” the second you end a relationship, but it’s not a good idea. A new single status can alert stalkers and traffickers that you are back in the market. It also lets them know that you might be home alone since your old partner is no longer there. Leaving your relationship status blank on your profile is the easiest way to maintain your privacy.
Keeping your relationship status private also helps with simple privacy issues. Single status can be a beacon for others eager to find you a date, while the announcement of a new relationship will certainly attract unwanted comments from curious observers.
Your current location
Broadcasting your location on Facebook is easy with the app’s recording feature and location services. Many users don’t hesitate to reveal their location because they are eager to actively share what they are going through. But revealing your position is a bad idea. There may be acquaintances that you would rather not see to locate you. If you’re at the airport or on vacation, you’re alerting potential thieves that now might be a good time to rob you. By adding details in your vacation details message, you can also reveal the exact length of your absence. Share those vacation photos when you get home, and consider turning off location services on the Facebook app.
You’re alone at home
Just as it is risky to reveal your location when you are away from home, it is even more reckless to say that you are home alone. This is especially true for teens and other young Facebook users.
While it’s easy to feel safe and know that only friends are reading your posts, it’s quite possible that you have an unintended audience. Sharing the fact that you are home alone puts you at risk, so don’t.
Pictures of your children and other people’s children
Proud parents can be overzealous when it comes to posting photos of their children and their children’s friends. We share daily activities and special events, tagging all participants and keeping everyone informed of our activities.
Even with privacy settings that work for you, it’s unwise. Issues such as privacy, bullying, and digital kidnapping, along with the fact that there are dangerous people out there, make sharing our children’s lives a bad idea. If you need to post photos of your children, remove personal information such as their first and last names, and dates of birth, and do not mark them on the photos. Also, make sure that you are not broadcasting locations.
Never post or tag photos of other people’s children without permission. Send parents a link to the photo, and they can tag themselves and post if they want.