Steps to take to protect your identity on Facebook

Written By Steps To Faculty Published July 28th, 2010

Social progress has many benefits, but along with these benefits are some drawbacks. Facebook and other socia media are a great way to reunite with friends and family, however social hackers view it as a breeding ground for identity theft. In fact, thousands of Facebook users have been exposed to or have experienced identity theft from their accounts since its inception. The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself from this fast growing crime. Here is what you can do.

Step 1 Keep your personal information to a minimum

Although Facebook has prompts that allow you enter your birthday, address, phone number, and other contact information, resist the temptation. Do not list all of this information. If you already have done so on your account, change it or see step 3 to limit the exposure of this information.

Step 2 Review your profile page for password information

Did you use a spin on your birthday, name, family member’s name or birthday as part of your password? Is your password similar to a password you use for another social media network or e-mail account? If so, you might want to select a more cryptic password. Thieves assume you will use information that is personal, which makes it easier for them to hack into your account and other accounts.

Step 3 Change the privacy settings

On Facebook, you have the option to share everything about yourself to family and friends. That includes photos and other private information, which is a treasure for hackers and thieves. To secure your personal information and only allow family and friends to view your info you need to change your privacy settings. At the top right corner of the broswer, click on Settings -> then, Privacy Settings, -> My Privacy.

Step 4 Select your friends

In the drop down menu at Privacy Settings, choose the tab for only my friends for all items.
By doing so, only specific friends that you decide on can view your information.

Step 5 Avoid going public

Facebook allows any user to search for other members. This can be dangerous if you are wide open and do not protect yourself. At Privacy Settings, select the “only my friends” choice under the section of which Facebook users can (find me in a) search tab. You should also unselect the create my public search listing to avoid having your profile exposed to the general public.

Remember, it takes years of court battles to clear your name from identity theft. Protect yourself. Please visit stepsto.com for more great business advice.


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