Basic commandments of Facebook

November 8th, 2010 by James

Basic commandments of Facebook

Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking website, may be the most popular but there can be some dangers associated with using it.

Let us read about some dos and don’ts of being a part of the social networking giant, Facebook.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

“Posting certain photos or information on the site puts you at risk of being fired, a victim of crime, or even worse. There are computer programmes called ‘data mining’ that sweep Facebook to collect dates of birth, phone numbers, addresses etc. That’s gold dust to criminals,” the Sun quoted Whitelegg, an IT security expert, as saying.

Here are the 10 things you should never post on Facebook and why.

Date and place of birth- This places you at massive risk of identity theft. They are the most commonly used security questions on password resetting sites.

Mother’s maiden name-A lot of sites use your mother’s maiden name to authenticate who you are. They also commonly use the school you went to as a security question.

Address- It again puts you at risk from identity fraud, but also from burglars and stalkers.

Holidays-If you post an update on Facebook saying: “Can’t wait till next Wednesday – two weeks in Miami yeh!” you are basically saying: “Come and rob me.”

Short trips from home-Again, this can put you at risk of burglary and stalking.

In short, it is good to be on Facebook but only by disclosing a semi-complete public profile and using only those pieces of information that is safe for your personal, financial, and professional life.

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