We live in a day and age where 90% of people have a Facebook account. Social media is a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family, share your good memories and to go down memory lane....but it is also a place where strangers can find out all there is to know about you. This could be very dangerous!
Here are a few Facebook safety tips:
- Edit your SECURITY SETTINGS to make your profile as private as possible. Recently, Facebook changed the default privacy setting to share information publicly. It’s worth spending some time to go through your settings and adjust where necessary; you may be sharing more than you intended. You even have the option to add ‘limited profiles’ for those people that you may not want accessing your personal information. It’s up to you how you want to use these settings so it’s definitely worth having a look to create a profile that’s right for you! (see images below)
- NEVER accept FRIEND REQUESTS from people that you do not know. Just because you can see a profile picture of a person, doesn't mean that the picture you see isn't in fact someone completely different. It is very easy to create a fake profile these days.
- Be careful when you CHECK-IN at places on Facebook. If you only accepted family and true friends on your account, this shouldn't be a problem but imagine if that random friend request actually was a kidnapper or rapist waiting for the opportunity to find you?
- Watch out for SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY on your Wall, News Feed and Facebook Inbox. Never, ever click on suspicious links. They can often look enticing, e.g. “Hey come look at my charity cycling pictures on my site.” Before you click, look closely! Does the site look authentic? If in doubt, don’t click on it.
- If friends start receiving SPAM from you or status updates appear that you didn’t make, your account may have been compromised. If you think this has happened, immediately change your password. If you can’t log in to your account, go to the Help link at the bottom of any Facebook page and click on Security to notify Facebook about your account.
- Make sure that what you say in STATUS UPDATES and comments is something that you would be comfortable seeing on the front page of a newspaper. Once you post it, anyone that sees it can copy and post it elsewhere, or take action based on it. Do you really want everyone to know that you will be all alone at home tonight or away next week?
As with any online activity be smart, be aware, be careful, and you can stay as safe on Facebook as anywhere else.