September 19th, 2012
Facebook connects more than 800 million people across the globe. But the world’s largest social network can sometimes leave users wondering if their connections are putting their security at risk.
There are strategies you can take to limit your vulnerabilities to a burglary or theft. By using sound judgment and enabling Facebook’s advanced security layers, you can better protect your privacy and limit what others see and know about you—particularly those unsavory types.
Follow these five tips to stay safe on Facebook and other social media sites:
1. Limit your sharing.
It’s estimated that two-thirds of burglaries are committed by someone who knows the victim “at least a little.” Are you posting photos from your tropical vacation, “checking in” from the local bar, or tagging friends in your posts (that means all their friends can now see your post)? These seemingly innocent actions can tip-off would-be burglars, so start by limiting sharing just to friends (go to “Privacy Settings” and select “Friends” as your default).
If you must share personal details, create a custom list, which make posts visible only to those you choose. And, get this: If the GPS is enabled on your phone, any pictures you take will contain geographic coordinates of where the photo was shot. So you might want to disable your phone’s GPS if the photos reveal your home or work address.