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10 Things You Shouldn't Share on Facebook

Updated on December 27, 2010

We may think that everybody knows about the issues with internet privacy, especially social networks, its surprising how many people are still sharing more than they should online and ended up being victims of malicious people. Here you will find 10 easy things to avoid sharing or at least being careful when sharing:

1- Date and place of birth: although it is nice to receive compliments on Facebook on your birthday, think before you put the full date in the social network. Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights, says that revealing the exact date of your birthday and the birthplace is like giving your financial information to criminals. Carnegie Melon University researchers recently discovered that they could rebuild the social security number of Americans using the birthday date and place of birth. Change the date for a few days after or before the real.


2- Address and front of Your house: to share your address allows any person with whom you shared this information to know where you live and this can cause negative repercussions. For example, there are cases in which thieves broke into houses of Facebook users because the owners said they were not home. The site Identity 911 recommends users not to post photos that reveal the facade of the apartment or house, nor of the valuable items in there.


 3- Long trips and travel: do not do status updates when you're away from home, warns a columnist for The New York Times, Ron Lieber. When released the dates of your vacation you could be warning unwanted people that your house is left empty and unguarded. Lieber advises to say that your house has an alarm and watchdog. Do not post messages like "I left to run" or "at the mall with my Love" warns the Identity Theft 911. Thieves may use this information to invade your home

4- Inadequate Photos: Beware of images that you publish. At this point, almost everyone knows that pictures daring, illegal or even incriminating posted on Facebook may cost his job. Even erased files can come back to haunt your life. It was recently discovered that if someone saved the photo’s address, it could still be wandering in the virtual space.

5- Confessions: You can’t stand your boss? You betrayed your best friend? Don’t tell on Facebook. The site's privacy settings allow the user to control who you share information with - you can create a group formed only by your closest friends - but after a photo was published, can be difficult to erase the evidence and prevent its spread. There are several examples of employees being fired for talking too much, as many people who were arrested for sharing information in social networks. Before posting it, make sure that the photo will not literally destroy your image.

6- Your phone number: careful where you put your phone. If you put it in your profile, depending on privacy settings, even the distant to friends (or your ex, high school friends, friends of friends) can access it and call you. For some time, the programmer Tom Scott has created an application called Evil that displays phone numbers published anywhere on Facebook.

7- Countdown to your holidays: according to the CBS program, MoneyWatch, counting down the days until your next holiday can be as bad as say how many days will last your holiday. If you want, just publish the photos after you’re back from the trip, nothing more.

8- The names of your kids: identity thieves also prey on children. Consumer Reports magazine advises not to use the name of a child in titles of posts or to tag photos. If someone put the name of your child in one, delete it or click Remove Tag. If your child is someone’s Facebook and included his name ask the person take the name off.

9- Risky attitudes:  if you use your big car for races or smokes like a chimney, be careful. Insurance companies are researching the web to find out if their customers (or potential customers) are people with risky attitudes, revealed Some of these companies will even adjust the premiums of users based on what they publish on the social network.

10- Profile in public searches: you want your page on the social network - information such as gender, name and profile photo - appearing in a search in Google? If you do not want, adjust the settings to prevent it from appearing in search results pages. Consumer Reports says that it prevents outsiders from accessing your page. To avoid this problem go to Privacy Settings on Facebook.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Very good read. And helpful, informative and dead-on. Voted up and all of the choices.

      Everyone who has not signed-up for Facebook, should read this first.

      Keep up the good work.

    • Goonoo Munawwar profile image

      Goonoo Muhammad Munawwar Muazzam 

      6 years ago from Triolet, Mauritius

      This hub is indeed beautiful and informative. You have explained everything in great details. Keep it up!

      Thanks to this hub, I'm going to make a guide on Facebook Privacy. You have given me an inspiration to write another hub on Facebook privacy. Thanks!

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      With all the identity theft being committed, your tips are practical & useful.


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