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The Dangers of Facebook

Updated on December 25, 2012

Facebook

After reading countless of hubs that talk about the joys and features of using facebook. Some pointing out the ways on how you can market and network on there, while others talk about some of the interesting features like the games and stuff. Indeed, it seems Facebook has become the largest online social network in the world, even over it's competitor Myspace that was originally the first online social network. However, Facebook has mastered Myspace's concept and turned into something more. Now, with a new film coming out called, "Social Network", it seems Facebook is well on it's way to becoming almost as big of a site as Google.

However, with all good things, there's also a lot of dangers people aren't aware of on Facebook that they need to know. Sure, other hubs will tell you about the joys and features Facebook promises but in this hub, you'll find out the cons to using Facebook and what steps you can do to protect yourself online.

FBI Wiretapping

In light of the horrific events of 9/11, the government started wiretapping certain phone lines and internet networks to monitor certain people that might be involved in terrorist activities. Therefore, you shouldn't post anything on Facebook that might be deemed questionable, even if you were only saying it as a joke. Seriously, just joking around with people, on your public Facebook page, about a bomb OR saying how you wish you could blow up or physically hurt someone, can be used against you. As the FBI according to various sources on MSN and yahoo, claim that the FBI has several dummy accounts online, and Facebook is one of them.

This brings me up to my next point, everyone you meet on Facebook, unless you met them face to face, not all of them are going to be who you claim they are. Therefore, if you admit to something illegal to a person you just met that same day on Facebook, then that person could put out a warrant for your arrest, as he/she might be an FBI agent spying on you. That's right. FBI agents do have dummy accounts on Facebook so unless your absolutely sure the person your talking to is trustworthy, then it's probably not a good idea to tell this person anything more than they need to know about you. Nor is it a good idea to use questionable humor even if you don't mean it like, "hey let's go out and smoke some weed." Yeah, just pray the guy/girl your talking to isn't an FBI agent if you say that, as your so going to jail for even joking about something like that.

Stalkers and Child Predators

As I said earlier, not everyone online is who they say they are.  That's why this is extremely important to remember.  As the film, "Social Network", suggests, Facebook was originally designed for people to check up and keep in touch with their friends.  Although you don't necessarily have to limit the number of friends you have on Facebook to just the people you know in real life, but you can add anyone you might meet online as well.  Heck, some groups use Facebook to do online networking like indie bands or even hubpage users on hubpages.  This is why you should be careful of what you say online. 

Sure, you can always resolve this issue easily by setting your profile from public to private when you adjust your settings.  This way only your friends that are on your Facebook page will see all your posts, and it might be best to only add people that you know in real life.  However, if you like to use Facebook for online networking for your hubs and other affiliated sites, then please be careful not to give away anything specific like your address, full name, or even where your going on vacation.  

Trust me, according to various online reports, stalkers and child predators do monitor public Facebook pages so if you say something along the lines of..."Hey, me and my four year old son are going to go to the central park zoo, in Philadelphia at 3:00 p.m", then your just asking for trouble.  You might as well just say, "Hey, any of you muggers, rapist, pedophiles and serial killers want us, then meet us at the central park zoo, in Philadelphia at three."  You see how that works? 

Therefore, you should never give away anything specifically about yourself online that would allow a dangerous person to follow you.  Sure, if you want to keep your Facebook page public because your trying to promote your indie band, and you want to have complete coverage of your shows and tours for your fans, then that's fine.  Just don't give away anything too personal that would allow a stalker to follow you like what specific hotel you might be staying at on tour, or a mailing address.  If you must put an address to receive fan mail, then list an e-mail or a P.O. Box.  This way, you can still receive fan mail, without the dangers of people knowing where you live.     


Burglars and Robberies

This brings me to my next point, robberies. It's no secret that burglars will often scout neighborhoods for which homes have the most money, as well as the ones that are the safest to rob. In fact, most burglars will never rob a house that has a big dog protecting it or if they know there's a strong possibility of getting caught, as burglars don't want to risk getting hurt. This is just another reason why you should never put your full address or name on Facebook, as it only makes it easier for burgulars to find out where you live and monitor your house frequently, to figure out the best times to rob you.

Of course, it doesn't help when you type down your schedule on social networks like "Hey Al, I'm going to be leaving out of town tomorrow on business. I won't be back for about a week, so I'll call you later when I get back." Well, that's just asking for even more trouble right there. As you might as well say something like, "Hey, any of you want to rob my house while I'm gone, then feel free to, as I'll be gone for a whole week." You get the picture? Hence, you should never leave your schedule on Facebook, nor your full name and address, as that's just asking for trouble.

Then again, as I said before, you can always set your Facebook account to private to avoid the issue entirely but if you like having a public profile for networking your business or hubs, then it might be best not to disclose your schedule on Facebook.

However, since I know many people use Facebook to promote their charity events and/or indie bands, and may need to put up schedules to organize their events. Or in the case of indie bands, they'll probably want to give their fans places where to catch some of their concerts, which is understandable. The only advice I can give you if that's the case, then just don't put down your home address or full name. This way, you can still give your fans and audience what they want and need to see you, without compromising your safety or valuables.

Don't Say Or Post Anything That Could Be Used Against You On Facebook

Have you ever read the funny posts people put up on their Facebook pages? You know the ones that say things like, "I'm calling in sick because I just don't feel like it, so I'm going to go smoke some pot", or something like, "I hate my freaking job, and my boss is damn moron that I wish he would drop dead." You know the ones I'm talking about, right? Well, regardless of how you feel about your job, the reality is we all work out of necessity or most of us anyway.

Therefore, you should never say or post anything on Facebook that could incriminate you in anyway. As employers often use Facebook to determine which employees to fire and who to hire. Yes, employers do use Facebook to check up on their employees, according to various online reports on yahoo. Like there was one report of a woman getting canned from a restaurant just for complaining about customers, and another one about how an emergency dispatcher was fired for posting drug use on Facebook. Click on here if you want to read more about it.

Sure, I know there's probably a lot of people who called in sick in the past that weren't really sick (you know who you are), but they called in due to an emergency or they were just fatigued. That's understandable. However, if your employer reads that, then it could constitute grounds for you to get fired or get into serious trouble. It's essentially the equivalent if you called in sick to see a movie with your boyfriend/girlfriend, and your boss saw you that same day you called in. What do you think would happen if he caught you? Well it's basically the same thing if you post it online publicly.

Of course like the last topic, you could always set your profile to private and avoid this issue. This way if you do put some posts similar to the ones I just gave you, then nobody will see it except for your friends and your boss will never have to know. Unless, they're already on your friends list, then your probably screwed if you do. However, if they're not, there's nothing obligating you to add them. If they send you a friend request, you can always decline it, and legally they can't hold it against you at all. After all, you're free to add anyone you like on Facebook as your friend, and there's nothing in a job description that requires you to be friends with your employer online. If your employer asks why, you can always say because you like to keep your relationships at work professional.

You may not like your job and hate your boss but unless you have a private profile on Facebook, then it's best to keep your mouth shut online about that. After all, you wouldn't want to give your boss any leverage to use to fire you if your not already in hot water with him/her as it is. Secondly, if your involved in illegal activities like illegal use of drugs, illegal immigration or whatever (NOT THAT I CONDONE SUCH ACTIONS, AS I DON'T SUPPORT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES), then the worst thing you can do is post it on Facebook. Not only can your boss legally fire you for posting that online, but he can also report you to the local authorities over it.

However, if you like to use Facebook for a lot of online networking for your hubs, indie bands, or sites that you put up, then just be mindful of what you say. AND, make sure your friends don't post anything that could be incriminating either. As anything they post like, "Hey, your right, your boss is a douche and thanks for calling in sick so we could go pick up some girls/guys", can AND will be used against you if your employer reads it. Hence, make sure your friends understand this as well if you have a public profile not to post anything you don't want to be used against you. After all, anything you say about your boss or company that you work for can and will be used against you by your employer. Don't think because it's Facebook and that your talking to your friends on there, that your entitled to say what you want. Besides, if your profile is public, everyone can see everything you type too along with your friends. Therefore, you need to be very careful about what you post on your public profile and if you must talk to one of your Facebook friends, then it's often best to do so using the instant messenger Facebook provides. Normally, on the bottom right corner of your Facebook screen, after you've logged in, you can click on the chat icon. Once you click it, it'll show you which of your friends are online, then you can click on the name of your friend that you wish to talk to. Once you do that, everything you and this friend say to each other will not show up on Facebook, and you'll be able to talk privately.



Hackers

Do I really need to elaborate on this? Look, it's no secret that we all forget our passwords to various sites. It happens. However, you should never leave like a clue on your profile that any hacker could figure out. Again, if you choose to have a public profile (as private ones won't have this issue), then no matter how clever you think your little password hint is, it's never a good idea to have it on your public profile. Even if you don't even say it's part of your password, and your password is some answer to a riddle you put up on your profile. Chances are, a hacker will try to figure it out. Leaving a password clue on your profile, no matter how cleverly hidden, will still give a hacker ample room to try to hack into your account. Once they do, we could be looking at not only the issue of your account getting hacked, but it's a good way to have your identity stolen online. Therefore, if you must have a password hint written somewhere, then write it on a piece of paper and put it somewhere safe. Or you can do what I do, just make it an easy to remember password that only YOU would know or even remember that you use frequently.


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Final Thoughts

Look, I hope this hub doesn't discourage folks from using Facebook, as it can a be wonderful site.  Seriously, it's not only a great way to make new friends, but it's also a great place to keep in touch with old ones.  Heck, you can even use it to build up your social networking to promote your business or hubs on there. 

However, it also has it's flaws and can potentially hurt you if your not careful.  That's why you should never post anything too personal on Facebook that could potentially get you hurt either financially or physically.  Sure, we may all hate bosses sometimes, but you should never publicly say anything on a website where it could cost you; your job.  Or anything that could lead a predator to find you and your child.  Trust me, Facebook is an easy tool that can be used against you if your not careful with it.  It's like Uncle Ben said when Spider-Man made his debut in Marvel Comics:

"With great power, comes great responsibility."

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      First of all Paula, I'm sorry to hear this happened to you, and I apologize for the tardiness of this reply. The truth is i did read your comment a few days ago, but i wasn't sure how to answer it. However, there is one thing i need to know though. What did your friend mean by taking care of it? Did they close down your fb account or something?

      I'm just asking, so i can get a better idea about what your situation is. Was this message through like a private messaging thing on fb? Or did you post a message on their wall? I know on a person's wall, you can delete a comment. Messages you can't. If your friend didn't delete your account, I do know you can change your name on there to be something else. Like that's what my mother did, and I did as well.

      Just go to settings on fb, and click to edit your name. Unfortunately, you'll have to keep your first name on there, but you can change the last name to be something completely made up like i did. Once you do that, then try to see if you can delete any and all pictures you may have posted. And if you want to use something else as your avatar pic on there, then just pick out a cartoon character or something.

      Anyways, I don't know if that helps you or not, but i hope it does.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Steve.....From day one, as with so many things in my life.....I made a personal decision and have stuck with it, FIRMLY. I simply had no intention whatsoever to become part of the FB scene. There was something in the mere concept (& the BIG picture) that absolutely did not sit well within me.

      Having said this, I am so glad I found this hub, Steven! I am so hoping that you will be able to help me out. I'll be as brief as possible: About 7 years ago, a very dear friend of mine, changed jobs, moved to a new apartment and signed on to a different phone company...All of this in a matter of 2 weeks. There I was with no way to contact her and very anxious to give her important news! I remembered that she had a FB account. Thinking I could sign on, contact her and then make a quick exit....that's what I did.

      I had no clue that merely sneaking onto FB to deliver a message, would leave my name indelibly FOREVER present in STONE, on a FB page. I have never once gone back on, nor have I ever communicated with anyone on FB.......but over the years, friends have tried to message me and have told me that my name is visible on FB.

      I TRIED repeatedly to REMOVE myself, as though I never existed....I've implored the help of others. I've done everything I can think to do to get my name OFF the FB site!! I even had a friend tell me that they had "taken care of it for me and I was OFF the site and simply gone"......Not so. She was shocked. And quite honestly I've become so frustrated and annoyed........Tell me, Steve.....can you help? What do I do??? I will be indebted to you forever!......Paula

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      Steven Escareno 4 years ago

      @kerry

      that's true. i guess it's like the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss right? personally i wouldn't even own a facebook at all if it wasn't for hubpages. however, i appreciate you stopping by to share some of your thoughts with us. :)

      @freecampingaussie

      thanks freecampingaussie. im glad you liked my hub, and im sorry to hear about what happened with your supervisor. hopefully it wasn't too serious. as for it being great to get more readers, i think your right about that. too. anyways, thanks for stopping by again, as it's always a pleasure to see you. :)

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      Excellent information. Unfortunately the obvious escapes so many individuals who continue to gripe and complain using ALL the wrong terminology in a public place.

      Great article :)

      Kerry

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Excellent hub that everyone should read . I have had problems because one of my supervisers from work was added to a group I was in . It is great for getting more readers tho . Voting you up .

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      You too blondey, and thanks again for stopping by. it's a pleasure as always. :)

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      Rosemary Amrhein 5 years ago from Boston, MA

      Sure thing, my friend :)

      Going to share this one again. Have an awesome week :-))

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Yeah you are right about that, but i have a feeling that's kind of the way of the future, with the way society is turning out. I think in a lot of ways that sites like facebook are also attributing to the obesity in this country, as it's giving today's kids less reasons to go outside anymore. It's a real shame if anything.

      as for your review, i think i might've missed that one of yours, but i'll definitely be sure to check it out then. thanks for stopping by to share some of your thoughts with us. :)

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      Rosemary Amrhein 5 years ago from Boston, MA

      @TBDeForge,

      I agree with your statement "It's as if they forgot how to live."

      I agree very much so. [Again Steven, this article is amazing and thankyou so much for your valued insights.]

      You see it gets to be so ridiculous with people spending all their time online for one. I mean do you see kids playing hockey in the street anyone like I did when I was a kid? (and moving the net when a car drove by). Do you see many people throwing a football around in their yard? Do you see people hardly ever even in their yard?? ridicuouls!

      Then you've got like I say, spending time online when you could be with actual people face to face. Wouldn't that be nice? I'm spending less time online because of this and I just find reading and taking a bath more fun...

      Texting- while we're at it- For gosh sakes, my sister is so addicted to texting, when she gets to the house, she texts me to say "i've arrived" Why not go to my freakin room and say hello?

      Texting replaces alot of phone conversations too, which is not always bad when you've got "difficult" people who you just want a short hello to, who try to get you to talk about crap for an hour. (Refer to George Carlin on this one LOL. One of his videos: People are boring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgKHVYRp1hQ

      So texting can be good sometimes. But,

      if my sister and I are having a conversation and after 2 mins she gets bored (and that's fine with me, I actually didn't have anything more to say) she says "Oh I'm texting someone, trying to do 2 things as once." That's just rude. pay attention if you're on the phone.

      So that's my take on texting, phone calls, and facebook.

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      T B DeForge 5 years ago

      These are great practical concerns for the use of Facebook, which in my experienc eon facebook is very much needed. People too easily destroy their public image or leave themselves open to threats they would never expect.

      I use facebook regularly myself, but one of my major concers is less practical than demographic. The social norms and standards of Facebook have their own unusual nuances that can be harmful to interpersonal relationships if not kept in check. My film review on the social network touched on this. In short, the facebook friend is little more than a number. I myself have over three hundred, but I doubt I would call them all friends outside of facebook. It's not that keping in touch with distant or long lost friends is bad, but so many people I know engage their friends on facebook more than in real life. It's as if they forgot how to live. That is my concern.

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Thanks

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      Rosemary Amrhein 5 years ago from Boston, MA

      This is truly a great hub

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      @tarantula

      Sorry, I haven't responded to your post yet. I've just been kind of busy lately to research into your claim. However, I do think you make a very valid point; one that I will probably either add here, or on my blog that I'm working on. However, I've been kind of busy with work and school that i haven't had time to research into it, but I will look into it soon. Thank you so much for the information, and for stopping by. :)

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Your welcome. I'm glad that I could help. Yeah, I think the more aware we can become about these issues, then the better off we'll all be in the long run. Anyway, thanks for reading my hub. :)

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Very indepth article Steven. My niece and nephews are on facebook I really think they are to young to be on the site. Although they are teenagers 16 is far to young in my opinion to have a profile. I try to monitor whats going on, and what they are posting, but it can be difficult at times. Thank you for such an informative article.

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Thanks Izzy. I'm glad you liked the hub, as I think yours is definitely a must read as well. I hope you don't mind, I posted the link to your hub on here. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Excellent article Steven! Needs to be read by everyone :)

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      Tarantula 6 years ago

      You forgot one thing in your article: Facebook allows drugs and alcohol to be promoted. While Facebook goes after role-players and people with fake names, criminals such as drug dealers are allowed to do things like make applications and groups promoting hemp and marijuana. These criminals also encourage people to spam game developers like Zynga with "allow us to grow hemp and marijuana on our farms".

      Facebook also allows people to promote alcohol consumption by allowing them to make booze-related groups and apps that let the under-21 crowd access them. Games like winery games...."family-friendly" games that have booze your game character can buy,even if that game character is a cute and cuddly little baby animal..most of these "family friendly" apps either have booze already in the game,or they eventually make booze available and appealing in their games. Take "Restaurant City" by Playfish and "Cafe World" by Zynga-they started out having no booze available; then they started putting things like wine,beer and bars in..a Japanese game called "Happy Baby"-which allows you to create a baby animal-have booze available for the baby animal to buy and consume.

      Mafia games that promote violence and murder are also available for the under 21 crowd. You get points for killing people,and you can buy virtual dangerous weapons like bombs,,knives and machine guns so you can go out and murder more people.

      Moms and Dads....Grandparents...Aunts,Uncles and other legal adult guardians-Facebook is NOT a safe place for children! It is really a place for adults aged 21 and over. If you want a safe site for your kids-make sure they go to PowerPets.com or Club Penguin.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent, informative, enlightening HUB!!! I hope it someone learns something from this. I'm constantly told my friends to stop posting their vacas or their whereabouts unless they want to be stalked!

      I'm going to tweet this and facebook it! UP! Awesome!!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Hi Diane, hows it going? It's good to see you again. :) I hope everything is going well with you. :)

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      Diane Inside 6 years ago

      hey this is the last place I saw you had commented so hey

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Annie. :)

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      Annie's Corner 6 years ago

      Great blog!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      I never blamed facebook for anything during this hub, as the intended purpose is to inform users like yourself about some of the dangers that are out there using facebook. However, thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us on the matter.

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      deadlyking 6 years ago

      Am not living without Facebook,am FB addict, dnt blame Facebook

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Workingmom. I'm glad you liked my hub, and thanks for sharing this with all your facebook friends. Yeah, it's amazing how some people never bother to think about this kind of stuff, but I think as long as we remember to always be careful what we post online, then the internet should be a safe place to be. :)

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Good information here. I went to an Internet safety seminar at my church not long ago, and the officer there mentioned a lot of this. Still, reading this was a good reminder - especially since I'm starting to use Facebook more for marketing purposes. Thanks! I'm going to share this with all my Facebook friends!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Your welcome dexixy, and thank you for stopping by and linking my hub to yours. That's very generous of you. Hopefully together, we can bring more awareness about some of the potential online dangers out there.

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      dexixy 6 years ago from Kampala

      Thanks for sharing, Am bookmarking this

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Alen. I'm glad you liked the hub. Yeah, I wasn't aware of many of these dangers myself until I researched it. Then again with so much free information on facebook, I can't say it's too surprising that society would figured out a way it can be used against you eventually. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by.

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      Alen Ostovic 6 years ago

      Very nice hub man, until I read that I never really realized all the danger lurking in the shadows of facebook. I like the videos aswell

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Rabbit.

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      Rabbit Reviews 6 years ago

      Excellent use of creepy pictures!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      I wasn't planning on it, but now that you mention it. that might be a great idea. thanks social niche for the advice, and thanks so much for stopping by, as i always welcome new visitors. :)

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      SocialNiche 6 years ago

      OR Facebook Safety tips....lol

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      SocialNiche 6 years ago

      Nice Job! Are you going to write an article on the BENEFITS of FACEBOOK Next?

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Yep, that's definitely true. You bring up a lot of valid points there, dgicre. thanks for stopping and sharing your thoughts with us. :)

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      dgicre 6 years ago from USA

      Wow what a great Hub full of good information. Facebook and the internet in general tends to make people feel anonymous, the thing is, the internet never forgets and almost impossible to erase. Once it is put out in cyberspace it's gone. I heard described best, as "when you post or email or something else on the internet, it is about as easy to get back as a bullet fired from a loaded gun". So what you post or say, has a possibility of going viral. Not a bad thing if it is a hub we published, bad if it is something personal or hurtful against someone else.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @transcribbler

      omg, that's terrible. I'm terribly sorry to hear that happened to you. I hope for your sake, they managed to take off all that information off their site, as I heard that anything that's posted on facebook belongs to the site to use at their own discretion. Plus, i hope for your sake also that you didn't have your real name posted on that other facebook account, as that would be terrible if future employers or whatever hold that against you; despite the fact that it's not even true.

      I didn't realize that a gps tracking system was being implemented on facebook. I heard about the facebook stories feature, where people could blog on there about their lives or various other things, but I didn't realize they were implementing the gps too. I'll have to look into that to see if that only applies to public accounts or just ones that have addresses on them, as i might have to cancel my facebook account completely depending on what i find out. Thanks for the heads up; i'll definitely look into it.

      Again, I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you, and hope that you were able to get everything settled over that incident. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, along with the useful advice. I'll be sure to put it to good use. :)

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @redelf

      yeah, your right. we all need to be careful. I'm aware of those sites that you speak of, as the way facebook is set up, anyone can go on there pretending to be someone they're not to lure and take advantage of anyone. That's why I hope in the future, there will be more steps implemented to protect us from anything like that. Anyways, thanks for stopping by RedElf, as it was a pleasure seeing you, and i like your avatar too. ;)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      The videos at the bottom are very informative, too - thanks for them, as well. I have also heard of malicious, fake sites being put up - sites that claim to be the page of a child, a teen, or a famous person, but are actually made and maintained by someone else who wishes to damage or harm that person. What recourse would that person then have? Would FaceBook take the malicious page down? ...and how complicated would it be to get that done, I wonder? You raise some valid concerns - we all need to be careful. Btw - love the avatar ;)

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      TransScribbler 6 years ago

      A very timely Hub.

      I left facebook in 2009, after another user started posting claims that I was a pedophile trying to target his children.

      It turned out that this person was abusing another facebook user with the same name as my pen name, and targeted the wrong person.

      This person posted a warning about the alleged predator, and included my website address in his rants. I had to shut down my business site, buy another domain name and change my email address as a result.

      After contacting the police, my lawyers, and facebook, the attacks stopped, but I still did not feel safe there.

      The announcement by facebook that they would be introducing a feature allowing any user to get the exact gps location of any other user finally convinced me to shut my account.

      I have never had an apology from the person who wrongly targeted me, or facebook.

      I will not be going back.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @hubpageswriter

      I agree. Kids especially, since we all know there's a lot of insane psychos out there, and the fact that young kids post their entire life on facebook only makes it easier for a pedophile to take advantage of them. thanks for rating this up, as your support is deeply appreciated. I just hope more people get educated on this topic.

      @health wise

      Your welcome health, and thanks for the compliment. I'm glad I could help. I'm sorry to hear about your friends though. It's unfortunate that some people aren't aware about some of these issues.

      @lifeallstar1

      yeah, that's true. where there's a will, there's always a way. Thanks for the warm compliment, and im glad you liked the hub. :)

      as for the movie, "social network", i still have yet to see it, but i plan to this thursday when i get off work. Thanks for telling me about the film though, as I know i'll enjoy it if a young lady like yourself recommends it. :) anyways, thanks for stopping by.

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      Lifeallstar1 6 years ago

      Great Hub! I have my facebook private but crazy things still can happen. You can never be too careful. Lots of sick people out there! They find a way to say they are from your school or they go through someone else's account to look at yours. I guess where there's a will, there's a way, even when it's for sinister reasons. I hope everyone reads this much needed hub. You touched on so many of the hidden dangers. Thank you! P.S. The movie was great, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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      Health Wise 6 years ago

      Great hub with lots of useful information. I've heard about other people who got burned using Facebook for various reasons, some of which you've mentioned above. Thanks for the tips, I'll put them to use....

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      I avoid potential dangers like a plague. Social network sites can be dangerous, if we allow them to be so. Kids especially should avoid revealing their home addresses and such. Good hub, hub up.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @emievil

      Yeah, i think the sooner you educate your nieces the better as even some of the videos on this hub shows, a lot of child predators will often use Facebook and other social networks to take advantage of young girls, and/or stalk them whenever they put something personal like that on there. Therefore, for their own safety, it might be best to educate them on that. Anyways, thanks for stopping by again emievil, as its always a pleasure seeing you. :)

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @forlan and amsmoving

      Thanks guys. I'm glad you both liked the hub.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @Sekharg

      thanks buddy. I appreciate you saying that.

      @Petra Vlah

      Yeah, that's true. Living in fear isn't really a fun way to live, but nobody ever said you couldn't still have fun while being cautious about it. It's like the old saying goes, your never too old to have fun. Just don't be reckless about it, that's all. Anyways, thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @intimatEvolution

      Thanks for such a nice compliment; I'm glad you liked the hub. :)

      You didn't have to do all that for me, but I really do appreciate that a lot. I don't know what to say really, as that's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said or done for me. Thank you so much. :)

      Anyway, I do agree with you about how it's probably best for people to realize all the dangers about social networking, as very people are aware that when it comes to background checks, facebook is gets monitored fairly frequently. therefore, I think the more aware people are about these issues, the better off they are in the long run. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by and for the promotion.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @nyc123, patrick790

      Your welcome guys. I'm glad you both liked the hub. Yeah, your right, nyc. Many people do only think about the positives when it comes to a lot of things like Facebook, and there are many positive aspects to it. However, many often overlook all the cons to something. Like the internet itself for instance. Sure, it's easier to get information with the use of the internet. However, the down side to that is it's hard to police that information, and it makes it easier for some demented psycho to find you if your not careful too. Anyways, thanks for stopping by fellas, as your compliments and input are most appreciated.

      @victoria stephens

      Yeah, your definitely right about that. Posting your schedule on facebook can be dangerous, as it could alert a burglar when the best times are to rob you. That's a very good point. I'm surprised i missed that one. I'll definitely be sure to edit this hub later, to include that point. Thank you so much for pointing that out to me, and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @prasetio30

      that's true too. a stalker or predator could easily put up a fake pic to hide their true identity, so facebook can be dangerous to a lot of young kids and teens if they're not careful. I'm glad you liked the hub, and thanks for stopping by to comment. :)

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      amsmoving 6 years ago

      I have to say that this was a really well written hub page. The topic was really well chosen and the way that you depicted the information was quite refreshing. Some of the information that was present in your hub page was unknown to me, which is why I have to say thank you for showing me some of the cons that come with having a profile on facebook.

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      forlan 6 years ago

      social network is very dangerous but you can take benefit from it.

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      A thumbs up on this one stevennix! I fully agree (though living in a different country, I don't think I need to worry about FBI :D). What's disturbing about this is that young people can go and have an account in FB, even those below 18 years old! I have nieces who have accounts there and they're not yet 15! And I'm not even sure they are aware of the dangers. I mean they sometimes even post their schedules there. *sigh* If I get the chance to see them again (they live in another place), I'll make sure they read all about the dangers of FB, including this hub of yours. Thanks.

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I got it and I agree with all your points. Being in Face Book or in any other site in the internet, without taking commun sense precautions is just as dangerous as crossing the street or smoking in bed. Living scared, in the other hand is not much fun either.

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      Sekharg 6 years ago from USA

      Stevennix2001,

      Great hub.

      I heard of dangers of Facebook but not this detailed. Like other mentioned, everybody who has Facebook account should read this hub.

      Thanks for great work!

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      Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

      PS, I just sent out an email to all my friends, a tweet to my 158 tweeters, stumbled it, and just now put into the Digg system. And, I emailed your link to team hubpages. This would be a great hub to include into their blog.

      Great hub. I wish more people would get a clue how the dangers of facebook, before it costs them their job, friends, and life.

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      Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

      One of the best, if not the best hubs I have ever read. Kudos to you my friend. Great hub!!!!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Nice article, most people don’t realise the dangers of networking sites and what they write on them so brilliant for highlighting that for people.

      Also possibly worth a mention is an extension on not telling people you're going to be in a certain place at a certain time, as it also notifies everyone you’re not going home and may have an empty house for burglars to make the most of.

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      patrick790 6 years ago

      thanks. steven

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      nyc123 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great hub! It's true that with every new idea, such as social networking, many only think of the positives such as reconnecting with friends or promoting their business, but fail to see the potential dangers that could come along with such activities. Thanks for the info!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I also heard about this case in my country. We have to aware with the dangers of anything, include a facebook. better control the use facebook account for our kids or teenager. The strange person usually use face identity. Thanks for share about this case with us. ~prasetio

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      If the person is your friend, you guys can pretty much talk about whatever you want but if i were you, i'd set your profile up as private and only add people you know in real life. Or if you do tell someone personal things online that you don't know in real life, i would probably wait until after you've gotten to know them.

      the reality is, as much as you think it might be okay to joke around with your friends. once you hit 13, anything you say on facebook can be used against you whether it be for an employer or by the local authorities, as facebook gets monitored more frequently than any other site. therefore, if i were you, i'd set up your profile to private, so only you and your friends can see what you post on there

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      mikaylawright 6 years ago

      hello my name is mikayla is it OK if someone is my friend

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      yep, your a 100 percent right on that one.

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      vibhavram 6 years ago

      Any danger would occur only because of our poor knowledge about any site.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      That's cool. How's that working out for you? Why are you trying to make things as suspicious as possible though if you don't mind me asking.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I posted that video you are talking about on my myspace blog six month ago, or so-my facebook info says, "Honestly, I hate facebook!" hahahah. Also, next to my name it says, "My name isn't Todd Shaw." I'm trying to make everything as suspicious as possible-but my friends who who I am.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      I don't blame you, as I wouldn't trust them either. In fact, if you watch the last video on this hub, it even says that anything you say on facebook belongs to the site, and it's no longer your statement. Plus, anything a kid says that could be self incriminating like skipping class or whatever, can hurt them later on, as they get older, in a job search in regards to background checks. Seriously, it's ridiculous if you ask me. then again, if you don't want anyone to know your business, then it's probably never a good idea to put it up online. Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you liked the hub.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Great hub. I deleted my original after reading the tos, you'd think I'd have read them before, right?

      I do have another facebook now-but I don't trust those fuckers that run it in the least.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Your welcome, and thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the hub. :)

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      Very good advice, Thanks,

      Smart tips and awareness and good protection + adive against predators. Useful!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Your welcome Lorlie, anytime. And, thank you for stopping by. Yeah, i was amazed by that too. However, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, as all companies that do background checks before hiring would use facebook as part of their search. after all, all the info they need would be right there for them. Anyways, I'm glad you liked the hub, and i hope more people read this as Ken said, many people are unaware about how Facebook can be used against them.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks Steven, for such a cautionary hub about FB. It can be a dangerous and unpleasant place to be. I was amazed to know that what you write there can incriminate you.

      I'll be very careful, even though I've little to hide!

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Your welcome, and thank you for stopping by. I hope this hub helps you and your family when it comes to protecting yourself online.

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      kentuckyslone 6 years ago

      Thanks for putting all this together, there were a few things that I hadn't even thought of myself.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Ken. I appreciate you saying that. Yeah, I hope so too, as this is stuff people need to know if they're using Facebook.

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      Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks for this---I hope it gets lots of hits because it is stuff many never ever think about. Well done.