Defense Against Crime

03/09/2014

Facebook Safety Tips

Currently Facebook is the king of the social media sites. It is estimated that up to a quarter of a million people from around th082913_1906_HowyourFace1.jpge world create user accounts each day. Some of these are business, some are students, some are adult, and some are criminals. Many College students are now embarking on their college education I thought I’d share a few Facebook Safety Tips during National Campus Safety Awareness Month.

When you create your user account be extremely careful how much information you provide, the more you share and make public the more you open yourself up for identity theft.

Also remember that once information is out of your hands you really don’t have any way to protect it.  As we are seeing in the news hackers are finding ways to hack the servers of companies to obtain data and embarrassing photos.

Facebook Statistics

  • Daily up to 250 million photos are uploaded and shared
  • 1 in 7 Facebook user have been sexually solicited online
  • Some Facebook post (video, links) can contain viruses that can infect your computer, or hack your account

SIMPLE TIPS

  1. NEVER Add anyone you don’t really know.
  2. NEVER Post your personal home address, phone number, pet’s name (many people use this of passwords, and it’s one of the top security question for password reset)
  3. NEVER publicly share personal information (Phone numbers,hometown, where you work, etc)
  4. ALWAYS log off from your account even on mobile devices.
  5. DO NOT POST share anything you would say in front of a priest or your parents.
  6. CHECK YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS every month, as they often revert to the default settings with each upgrade

THINGS TO DO

  • Set the Privacy settings on your profile to “Friends. By doing this, you will be able to have control who has access to your information and pictures. For certain pictures, you can also select certain friends that you do or do not want them to see.  You may also want to review all the Facebook privacy settings
  • Be careful who you friend. Don’t friend anyone out of your state/country unless you know them extremely well. Only friend people you actually know and trust. You can add mutual friends that you don’t know if you want to, though not recommended. Only friend people who you at least know their favorite color, siblings name, pets name, or something like that. Make sure they are the correct person by looking through all of their pictures, just in case it’s a fake profile. If they are not familiar, then remove them as a friend by getting to your friend list. Block anyone that seems to bully, threaten or harass you.
  • Always monitor pictures that other people put of you and tag you on. You can see the tagged pictures of you by going to your profile, click on “Photos”- you should see “Photos of You” and the number of tagged pictures. Click on that, and look through the pictures. You should be able to un-tag any unappealing photos of you, but people still have the ability to see it. Don’t hesitate for a second to “un-tag” yourself from pictures that you do not approve of. Remember the more that is shared about you, the more other people will know.
  • Do not post pictures of yourself under the influence of any type of substance.This refers to pictures such as: Dancing-on-the-bar pictures or candid shots of the last time you got hammered with your pals on happy hour. Don’t be caught with drugs, especially if you’re underage because anyone can just print out the picture and show it to your parents or principal. People have lost their jobs over Facebook pictures.
  • Be cautious of the statuses, photos, videos, etc. you post if your coworkers, friends, or even your boss is friends with you. If possible, avoid sending out or accepting friend requests from those who know you from work, especially your boss. Granting them full access to view your personal life can have negative effects on your job.
  • DON’T Tell Where you are, but rather where you have been – Facebook user have made it easy for their stalkers to know where they were by posing status and images when they are out. Some user have had their homes robbed because a friend of a friend happen to find out they were on vacation. Once you get back it’s OK to share that information.
  • Be careful what you say –Make sure that what you say in status Facebook  updates and comments is something that you would be comfortable seeing on the front page of a newspaper. Once you post it, anyone that sees it can copy and post it elsewhere, or take action based on it. Do you really want everyone to know that you will be all alone at home tonight or away next week? Try not to vent about something publicly. Recently a student was removed from a private school, because of something his mother vented to her friends of Facebook.
  • Change your password every so often. Don’t make your password something obvious such as your birthday or mother’s maiden name. Try to have at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter, two numbers, and a symbol. The longer and more complicated the password, the safer you are from getting your account hacked. Always remember to log out after you’re finished with Facebook, especially on a shared computer. I’ve recommended to at least change all your passwords the day after your birthday.
  • Take advantage of online Social Network Monitoring services. No matter how active you are, going through your children’s posts, messages, photos, videos, comments is impossible. Remember: children have no right to privacy from their parents, but you don’t necessarily need to view every post they make unless you have reason to be suspicious. You should have their passwords so you can see if they are getting into dangerous situations or are exhibiting inappropriate speech or behavior. You can, though, respect your children’s individuality and take advantage of online Monitoring services. These services inform you on what you need to know in an easy to use platform. Some of these services offer monitoring for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and cell phones; becoming your social shield against predators, Cyber-bullies, Reputation issues.
  The evil that men do lives forever in cyberspace;  The good is oft interrèd with their bones.
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