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.
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.
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.