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How To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook And Prevent Hacking
Everyone is on Facebook these days, except most kids. Kids have abandoned it since all the old geezers took over. Your local lamp shade company is on Facebook, and so is your best friend from the class of 1993 at Reagan High School. Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with friends but you must be very careful.
If someone were to have access to your Facebook account they could know every detail of your life that you post there. Crooks could know when you were at the store buying a bottle of wine, or out of town on business. The implications of having you life online for everyone to see are scary.
Keep Profile Private
Perhaps the number one way to protect your identity on Facebook is to keep your profile private. Go to options and choose keep private on everything. This way only your friends can see what you are doing. Speaking of "friends", who do you let in and how do you know if they are your friend.
Fake Facebook Friends?
One of the easiest ways for a stranger to hack into your Facebook profile is to do their homework and find out who you went to school with. This is not hard to do given all the online resources with which to do so, such as classmates.com. Now all they have to do is pick someone that you might have known, who they see is not on Facebook (men are easier since they don't change surnames) and make themselves a Facebook profile using that name, and even a photo if they can find one.
Now the "fake friend" sends you a request. You might be wary, but don't want to offend a long lost classmate by ignoring them, so you go ahead and add them. Now the thief who has been planning on robbing your house, (or worse), can see your every move on Facebook and you think he or she is a long lost classmate.
You should always verify their identity first, before accepting them as a friend. If they are friends of another one of your Facebook circle, ask that person to verify if they are legit.
Choose A Strong Facebook Password To Protect Your Privacy
Some people's Facebook passwords are easy to guess. That's because they choose something like their favorite dog's name, boat name, etc, that is well known. All that an ex spouse needs to hack into your Facebook account then is a little patience and trial and error. Choose a password that is a combination of letters and numbers and not related to anything that others know about you.
Who Has Access To Your Friend's Account?
To protect your privacy and identity on Facebook you must also remember that you do not have control of the dozens of computers with which your friends use to log into Facebook. Say for example that your friend Suzie logs into her account at the library and forgets to log out. Same goes for home computers, where people are not as likely to log out every time. Whoever walks into that room may see your postings. Keep this in mind when you update the small details of your life.
Same goes for you as well. Each time that you use it, log out when you are done to safeguard your privacy on Facebook. Better yet, don't post all the little in's and out's of what you do in everyday life, at least when locations are involved. "Baking a Cake for my hubby" is Ok. "Leaving town for business" is not.
You wouldn't want "In Vermont seeing the fall leaves" to be seen used by the wrong people. Yo! House Party at 1200 Maple Street Bro!, My moms friend is out of town!
Keep this in mind and you can help prevent your privacy from being violated on Facebook.
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