How To Stay Safe On Facebook

Social networking websites have become must visit sites for a great many Internet users. If you are such a person then you probably find that you check your social networking accounts more than your e-mail accounts! In fact, social networking has become a daily activity for millions of Internet users.

People have loved Facebook since the day it was launched and that is the reason why, within a span of few years, millions of people have registered to the Facebook network. It is a cool place for people that allows them to get in touch with their friends, share photographs, share videos and much, much more.

How To Stay Safe On Facebook

Security Risks

But because of its huge popularity, Facebook has become a huge target for all the spammers, hackers, identity thieves, cyber criminals and every other bad element that exists on Internet.

And then you have other threats, such as Koobface, which is a cyber infection that was specially designed to steal the private information of Facebook users.

Facebook Security Measures

The first step you should take is to mark the privacy settings of your Facebook account. Make sure that you keep you profile private so that strangers cannot peep into it.

To do that, simply log into your Facebook account and click on the link named as Settings which can be located at the right side of the page and then click on the option labeled as Privacy.

Then click on the option Only Friends which allows you to keep your profile locked from strangers.

Whenever you so accept any friend requests ensure that the person is actually your friend because adding strangers could lead to unneccesary risks.

Also avoid publishing confidential details, such as your phone number, account number or social security number on your wall as this information could, potentially, be used for identity theft.

Facebook Security For Children

As per the rules in the Facebook Safety Policy, all users need to be a minimum of 13 years old.

If you are a parent, then you need to be aware of your kids’ Facebook activities.

You should educate your children about all the benefits, as well as the risk factors, involved in social networking.

It would be wonderful if you teach your children to come to you whenever they find a disturbing subject on the Internet as you could then work together to ensure your kid’s safety.

Remember that, since you are not seeing the person behind the keyboard, there is a chance that they may not be who they say they are.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you never agree to meet anyone for real.

If you do, make sure you have a black belt in karate! (I do, but still wouldn’t choose to meet random strangers from social networking sites!)

Once you sign up with Facebook, it automatically becomes your responsibility to report any kind of inappropriate content to the administrators of the Facebook service.

Be cautious and have fun in the wonderful world of Facebook.

Happy Social Networking!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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