Do you do these things on FB?

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Do you do these things on FB?
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Thu, 11-04-2010 - 5:15am

Sometimes we compromise our own security without realizing it. All of these suggestions can be transposed anywhere we post online, including on iVillage.

From consumerreports.org:

7 things to stop doing now on Facebook
Last reviewed: June 2010

Using a weak password

Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!

Leaving your full birth date in your profile

It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

Overlooking useful privacy controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

Posting your child's name in a caption

Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

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Registered: 09-25-2010
Sun, 11-07-2010 - 7:07pm

Interestin Poppy,
Am going to go check my birth date right after I post this, LOL
Thanks for the tips :)




iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Sun, 11-07-2010 - 8:28pm
People complain about their privacy rights... but they themselves leave the doors wide open in other ways.
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Registered: 09-25-2010
Sun, 11-07-2010 - 11:55pm

Good point Poppy,
Which is why we need to share ways to protect others & ourselves :)