Mark Zuckerbeg says the Facebook unofficial mission is to make the “world more open and connected.” However, you should also limit your information on Facebook social network. You can freely share your photos and status updates, but there is some information that you should keep for yourself.
There are anybody watching you on Facebook. The boss, harasser, major agents, and even insurance companies are scanning the Facebook profile for information. There are also reports that hackers have attacked Facebook accounts to fake the identity of the account holder.
Even if you protect your personal information by setting up a “Friends Only” friend account, you are still at risk of making friends with people you do not know or have never met.
So what information you should not make public? Read the article below for details on what you should keep for yourself on Facebook.
- Date of birth and place of birth
You may very well like to receive good wishes from your Facebook friends on your birthday, but you should think carefully before releasing your date on Facebook. Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, points out that the exact date of birth on Facebook equates to the fact that you are delivering your financial security information to a thief. In addition, researchers at Carnegie Mellon have recently discovered that they can reproduce an individual’s social security information based on his or her date of birth and place of birth.
You do not necessarily have to completely remove information about your birth date on Facebook, you can enter a date close to the actual birth date on Facebook.
“Your mother’s maiden name is especially valuable information, especially since it’s frequently used as a security question for many websites,” the New York Times quoted her as saying. Credit card companies, wireless service providers, and many others rely on this valuable information to protect your personal information.
- Your home address
Make your home address is available on Facebook, it means that everyone you share the information can know where you live, from your ex-lover to whow you working together in the past and the present. Sharing this information can bring some negative influences. For example, there have been cases where thieves use Facebook to search for a goal when these users publicly leave home.
- The trip away from home
According to Ron Lieber, a New York Times consultant, you should not update the status of long trips that you have to leave your home for a long time. These types of states will be the message to your unreliable “friends” that your home is currently unattended. You can update this status with the message to your friends that your home is equipped with a warning bell or a guard dog.