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What information you should never publish on Facebook?

Updated on January 3, 2017
Sometimes you can lose money because of Facebook
Sometimes you can lose money because of Facebook

You are not always safe on Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular social networks, and many users believe that they are safe if the security settings are properly checked on their accounts. The problem is that other people, not only their friends can see the information on Facebook.

Accounts of friends can be pirated when they install an application from unrecommended sources or someone can read over their shoulders. You have to take seriously your protection, even in cyberspace. Below are five tips on things that you should never publish on this social network.

Complete date of birth of the user and family members

Most users love to receive congratulations on that special day, but if their birthday is public, they offer to cyber pirates one of the 3-4 personal items that they need to steal your identity. Ideally, you should not write you birthday, but if is necessarily to have this detail, then avoid mention the year. Your true friends already know that year.


Marital status

Whether you have a relationship or not, it would be better to not make this information public. Harassers love to know that you are single again. If you change your status to "single", so they get the green light to resume harassment, finding that you are again available. This also could mean that is likely to be home alone.

The place where you are right now

There are many users who like to clarify on Facebook where they are in every moment. Problems can arise when everyone sees that you went on vacation (and that no one is at home). If you add the period when you will be away from home, thieves will know the exact time when they will need to rob your house. It would be good to share not at all where you are. You can post photos taken on vacation later, after you return home.

Robbers are looking for victims on Facebook.
Robbers are looking for victims on Facebook.

Being home alone

Is extremely important for parents to teach their children to never publish this information on Facebook. After all, no one would start to cry in a room full of strangers that in the coming hours will be home alone. This thing shouldn't be done on Facebook.

Photographs of your children

Do not post photographs of your children with their name tagged in. Many users on Facebook publish photos and videos with their children, without thinking for a second of possible risks. Some of them even change their profile picture to one of their children.

Probably 9 out of 10 parents publish the full name, date and time at which it was born, while still on maternity. Parents publish pictures of their children, add their names alongside those of friends, brothers and other relatives. This type of information could be used by pedophiles and "sexual predators" to entice children. They can use the child's name and the name of relatives and friends to make the little ones to trust and to convince them that they are not strangers, helping them to establish a report with your child.

It's not hard to be a child's friend if you know a lot of things about him and his parents.
It's not hard to be a child's friend if you know a lot of things about him and his parents.

Which information do you think it's most dangerous to be made public on Facebook?

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    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      @peachpurple , you're right strangers don't need to know to much about us.

      @D D VanGarde , it's best to have only your best friends on facebook, the people you know the best. I only had about 50 people on my Facebook.

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      D D VanGarde 

      5 years ago

      I'm certain that I have over shared info on Facebook and it is a bad habit I intend to stop. I never share my location ,but many other things I do, it's so easy to get laxed and forget their not all your friends.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i agree that we shouldn't key in real data online, regardless FB,twitter or even HP, i never do that. Too dangerous

    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Sylvestermouse, thanks for your feedback. I'm only sharing just a few details about me.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I am always amazed at the personal details people will share on facebook. One never knows who is looking and why. Excellent advice!

    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      I'm glad, tobusiness, that you find my article useful. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Some very relevant and useful advice. Many people don't stop to think about how the information they place on social sites can be used by unscrupulous people. Great informative hub. Voting up and sharing.

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      6 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      I agree with you, NinetythreeProof, that writing on Facebook when you are going to leave your house for a vacantion, especially if nobody remains at home it's the biggest mistake that somebody could make on Facebook.

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      6 years ago

      Some details are a matter of public record, so if someone really wants them, they can likely find them. However, posting your current location or posting about being home alone should definitely be avoided unless you have strict privacy settings and a close-knit list of friends which the information is made available. I would also avoid posting about leaving the house, leaving for vacation, etc., and depending on your settings and friends, expensive items that you plan to purchase or already own.


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