How Much Should You Reveal on Facebook?

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Oh my God, you do not have a Facebook account? What kind of medieval world do you live in? I have had it since the whole thing started, and now it knows everything about me, more than anyone.

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Right from munching on a burger at a new food joint in the town to everyday squabbles with their partner, people post everything and just anything on Facebook. And in the frenzy of posting status updates on our profile page and hitting the “like” button for almost every post we come across, we somehow lose sight of the fact that there are people who could be watching us. And odds are, some of those people could be cyber criminals. So, assuming you are not so keen in keeping your privacy settings tight, here are some stuff you should never reveal on Facebook, or any other social networking sites for that matter.

That’s Where I Stay!
Your family knows where you live, your girlfriend and your good friends know about it too. So, why make your home address public on Facebook? By being so out and open about your residence (however big or beautiful it is) on sites like Facebook, you are only sending a direct invitation to criminals to drop by your house, and do what they do best; burglaries, identity thievery, etc. Only let your friends and acquaintances, know how to get to your place.

Here’s My Number!
People may not readily share their home address on their Facebook profile, but when it comes to phone numbers, they can be really generous. Phone numbers are what criminals mostly keep a keen eye for. Why? Well, with the help of reverse lookup services any random person can look you up; your photo(s), your address, etc. Furthermore, nothing makes a telemarketer happier than phone numbers of tons of people!

So, if you don’t want strangers spying on you or to receive like a hundred telemarketing calls, either tweak your privacy settings or do not share your phone number at all.

You Know My Birthday?
One of the perks of putting up your birthday on Facebook is the tons of birthday wishes that come pouring out from your friends and the people you know. But there’s a problem with that. Your birthday info may also give away hints to the passwords you keep for your email accounts, online banking accounts, and even your Social Security number. Research reveals that most people tend to use different combination of their birth dates, when asked to decide for a password.

If you think that any of your passwords are linked to your birth date, then consider not sharing the information. And if you still should, then don’t reveal the year you were born.

Bon Voyage!
Got a couple of weeks off from work? Going to Hawaii? Well, good for you! You pack your stuffs, switch off the mains, lock your door, and you are off! Now, you might be having a terrible itch to post your vacation plans on Facebook right away. Well you know what, try to live with that feeling! If you are broadcasting that your house will be unwatched or empty for a couple of weeks, then you might as well call up a few burglars and hand them over the keys to your house and valuables. Wouldn’t it be better to just enjoy your vacation, come back and then happily brag about the place you have been to?

With cyber crimes running rampant across the world, the best protective measure we can take is pay heed to security measures such as the ones discussed in this article, and beefing up our phones and computers with a reliable security software.

Soumya Patnaik

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Sneha
Sneha
7 years ago

Good points!!

Made me think on various measures that we openly explore on social networking sites.

Thanks!

Hrushi Sonar
Hrushi Sonar
7 years ago

Really helpful information regarding the Facebook security.
Thank you so much for a posting this info.

Thank You,
Hrushi Sonar.

Kripa Shankar Lal
Kripa Shankar Lal
7 years ago

The information given is very helpful in present age when the intelligent crimes have been showing an upward trend.

Thanks for the advices given.

Vivek
Vivek
7 years ago

This is being paranoid. As if criminals check facebook before they plan their move. Yes, it is important to be careful but I do not see any harm in puting your address or phone number on facebook. In fact, I get business through it as people know where to find me, as i am a consultant, and facebook is a swell way to network. Telemarketers do not get the numbers from facebook, but the telephone companies sell them at a cost. Your house is never safe. Criminals and thieves watch over the victim’s house for days. They don’t need facebook… Read more »

Danly
Danly
7 years ago
Reply to  Vivek

you may call it being paranoid, but all these tips have been formulated after careful analysis and observations made on internet crimes that are spreading without check. May be you never faced any such problems, and you are lucky. But there are billions of people, most of which are at risk and also have fallen victims. we don’t take insurance because we think we are gonna die tomorrow or do we? the word is CAUTION and BETTER SAFE than SORRY.

shivanshu siyanwal
shivanshu siyanwal
7 years ago

very good and awesome tips for being safe on facebook

Girish
Girish
7 years ago

Really, very helpful tips. Wondering most of people do something like this.

Subham roy
Subham roy
7 years ago

My facebook security activat please from quick heal security .

Ravi Mandave
Ravi Mandave
7 years ago

Really useful information regarding the Facebook security. thanx

Vikramsinh P Ghatge
Vikramsinh P Ghatge
7 years ago

Good. That’s all required to be taken care of and that’s what I try to convince to some of my dear ones 🙂

rkbhandari
rkbhandari
7 years ago

nice work indeed. thanks.

Suraj Vishwakarma
Suraj Vishwakarma
7 years ago

Seriously, you shared worth-full information and make aware me. Thanks a ton.

Akshat
Akshat
7 years ago

Thank you for posting thus article.I am a regular user of facebook and will consider these next time i post something on facebook.

And again thank you

AB Lal
AB Lal
7 years ago

Really good information.

pankaj kumar
pankaj kumar
7 years ago

sometimes i have a problem in facebook opening.

बवाल हिन्दवी
बवाल हिन्दवी
7 years ago

आपने एकदम दुरुस्त फ़रमाया। ये बहुत छोटी छोटी मगर उपयोगी बातें हैं, जिन्हें पुराने वक्त के लोग हमेशा इस्तेमाल किया करते थे। Privacy ought to be maintained.

Rajib Dutta
Rajib Dutta
7 years ago

We tend to overlook these little but important things while operating our facebook accounts. The article was an eye-opener for me. Thanks for the timely write-up.

SUJIT SIL
SUJIT SIL
7 years ago

USEFUL INFORMATION.
THANKS

SUJIT SIL

Tanvi
Tanvi
7 years ago

this info is really helpful…!!! i will definitely keep these points in my mind

thanks a lot..!!! 🙂

Happy Agrawal
Happy Agrawal
7 years ago

Facebook the information center of criminals. Thanks for making us aware.
All the best regards from me.

Sojan Xavier
Sojan Xavier
7 years ago

I think I had Analised somewhat and recognized the facts about the security about facebook. So I decided to go tho’ this. Your informations are very helpful and authentic.
Thankx very much

Sojan Xavier

dr ss nayyar, cancer specilist
dr ss nayyar, cancer specilist
7 years ago

good u reminded the dangers of over exposure in public and stresses it creates . it is worse then any addiction.it is over attention we desire and r trapped and then hooked so much so we start under performing in profession work, job and studies. These are modern day maladies. atti sarvatra varjite

Roshan Karule
Roshan Karule
7 years ago

thank you for reminding me

as prevention is better than cure

MAHENDRA BARVE
MAHENDRA BARVE
7 years ago

Helpful tips. Thank you. You shared worth-full information and make aware facebook user.

Prashant Raval
Prashant Raval
7 years ago

This is really use full information.Thanks

Cherie
Cherie
7 years ago

I don’t get why people cant see the obvious when using facebook. Things like having to tell everyone where you are every moment of the day on weekends. I have told my friends many times not to do this but they continue to do it as well as holidays. Wake up people, its common sense!!!

Abhishek Behera
Abhishek Behera
7 years ago

this info is really helpful…!!! i will definitely keep these points in my mind
thanks a lot..!!!

Chittaranjan Samantray
Chittaranjan Samantray
7 years ago

Nice article, nice information. Thank you for being aware us, the people opening/ using facebook a/c. Making open everything to the public is not wise.

Er Naseer
Er Naseer
7 years ago

Itz realy excellent and helpful.

esreddy
esreddy
7 years ago

Most of the time without thinking about the consequences, users feed all the information. At least some of these should not be made public.

Bholanath Bhattacharjee
Bholanath Bhattacharjee
7 years ago

Very good tips no doubt. I however would like to emphasize on another point-choose “friends” wisely and only those whom you know in real world or at least whose identities can be physically verified. It is alarming really that a person in your friend list can do more damage than any one else on the net.

Hemant Singh
Hemant Singh
7 years ago

thank u….

shova roy
shova roy
7 years ago

Thanks 4 sharing such helpful information.
But can any1 use his/her ph no. (which is generally invisible 2 frndz and publics) in privacy setting option to make the account’s privacy more stronger???
😮

umesh pany
umesh pany
7 years ago

Thanks for your excellent suggestion . I really like this.

S.S. Rajpal
S.S. Rajpal
7 years ago

Thanks for quickly healing the negative side of facebook.

In my opinion, Facebook account must be used only for finding old and new friends and sharing some photos. But, other personal details must be exchanged through voice calls or personal meetings.

With Regards to your vigilant team.

Atharv
Atharv
7 years ago

Really useful tips on Facebook. Many people not aware of these things fall into such traps and later regret over their mistake, and while using a Social Networking website like Facebook, many people carelessly share their personal information on Facebook, without considering its implications and dangers. A brilliant article and a must read for all Facebookies.

rahul
rahul
7 years ago

great points and are
helpful.

aditya
aditya
7 years ago

good…..

aditya
aditya
7 years ago

awesome! work nicely

aditya
aditya
7 years ago

nice work

shreya
shreya
7 years ago

thnks fr d infrmation

AMITA SAHU
AMITA SAHU
7 years ago

THANKS MIGHT NEED HELP TIME TO TIME………………..

Vinod Patil
Vinod Patil
7 years ago

Really practical suggestions given. Out of excitement , or to make more friends we put information of ourselves on Facebook and really bring our private life to public and invite troubles.

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Ashok
Ashok
7 years ago

Hi, SOUMYA Ji, I am your follower on quick heal blog but not on Facebook. Do not miss understand i am trying to fetch your other data by this reply or comment. Above info is very educational regarding Facebook. Thank you so much. I want to tell you one interesting thing about Facebook. for ex, on this blog page just below to your photo if i click Facebook like button do you know what happens? it will ask me to log in to Facebook and once i log in it will be liked. But nothing happens to this page. Here… Read more »

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