We cannot live without Facebook. All of our friends use it, many of us use it for work as well. The contacts in our smartphones, the events in our calendar are synchronized from this social network. Via the Facebook account we use a variety of other services – and to lose them is like to die. It is impossible just to leave Facebook, but we can (and should) change our behavior there. Otherwise you run the risk of losing money, career, respect or even your friends and relatives.
We compiled a list of 5 typical mistakes on Facebook, and tips on how to avoid unpleasant consequences from them in the future. And by the way, the tip “do not read Facebook behind the wheel” is not among them, because that goes without saying.
Publication of the full bio
Facebook actively encourages us to write all about our career, the place and date of birth and so on. But many services, including banks, are using these data (eg, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, pet’s name) to open access to your account. Criminals simply adore Facebook, because there they can gather all the necessary information about a person, and then hack his or her more important accounts.
Tip: Do not publish your date, or at least the year of birth, avoid mentioning the names of relatives and pets, as well as other data regularly used in social engineering attacks, and attacks on the banking and financial accounts.
Post publication “for all”
Public posts can be read not only by your friends, but also by the boss, ex-husband / wife, personnel officers, numerous advertising and marketing firms and even scammers. People think that to write something on Facebook is the same that to tell a story to a friend at a bar.
In fact, it’s all the same that to shout loudly your thoughts on the town square. Someone can accidentally or deliberately mispresent your words, take them out of context and tell them to the others ruining your reputation. The cases when someone loses his work because of a negligent post on social network are not rare.
Tip: Set the privacy of publication so that all the posts were sent “To friends,” or “For friends of friends.” Especially be careful publishing photos. If you really want to say something to the billion Facebook users, this mode is easy to change to the public one.
Today, almost all users log into other sites and online services using Facebook. If the password to the account on this social network is hacked, all these online services can also be considered as hacked.
Tip: Use a strong password, and better two-factor authentication. Do not use the password to Facebook on other sites, it must be unique.
Outsiders can follow you, find out your office or home address. It is especially dangerous for children and teenagers. But even if you are an adult and you “check in” in an innocent place like a restaurant or a resort, it shows at least that you are not at home – it’s a very valuable information for robbers.
Tip: Turn off geotags in the photos you post. Do not publish check ins on Facebook or create a restricted list of people who may see them.
Friendship with strangers
Often strangers ask to be added to friends. And if you have a lot of friends in common, you add him for not to be impolite. The stranger immediately gets access to all of your information “for friends”, including the check ins described above, personal dates, etc. Now he is able to send you and your friends messages (possibly spam or malicious links), and to add new friends, using the fact that the friendship with you has enhanced the authority of this person.
Tip: Add on Facebook only those people who you know personally.