Thursday, August 12, 2010

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7 Things You Should Never Do On FaceBook

Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.,with more than 500 million active users in July 2010. 
Users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be aged 13 or older to become a member of the website.
Here are the 7 Things You Should Never Do On FaceBook...
Using a weak password
The first thing that you should never have in Facebook is a weak password. With so much of your personal information at stake it is essential to have a strong password. Avoid names or words that can be found in a dictionary. Use 8 digit complex password which consist of uppercase, lowercase, numeric's and special characters

Never give your complete birth date in your profile
Another thing that you should never do on Facebook is give your full date of birth in your profile. Your complete date of birth is just what identity thieves may require to potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account.

In case you have already done it, here's how to edit the info: Go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

Overlooking useful privacy controls
It is imperative to restrict access for almost everything on Facebook. It is critical to provide restricted access to your personal info (including religious views and family information) and photos to only your family and friends. Also, avoid giving contact information like phone number and address.

Putting your child's name in a caption
Another complete `no-no' on Facebook is to give your child's name in a caption. Also, don't use your kid's name in photo tags. In case someone else has tagged your kid, ask them to remove it.

Announcing that you'll be away from home
This again can be dangerous and is akin to putting `no one's home' signboard on your door. Wait till you are back home to share details about your wonderful holiday. Also, be always vague about your trip dates.

Don't let Search Engines find you
It's easy to find details about anyone these days. Make sure you don't reveal yourself to everyone through these Search engines.

To make sure strangers can't access your page, go to the Search section on Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Also, make sure that the box for public search results is not checked.

Allowing children to use Facebook unsupervised
Facebook has limited its membership to ages 13 and above. However, children younger than this can do it, as there is no foolproof way on the site to detect someone's age.

In case your youngone or younger sibling is on Facebook, become their online friend. This can be one of the best way to superwise them. You can also use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications.

Similarly, a child who posts the comment "Dad will be home soon, I need to get back to finish my homework" every day at the same time may inadvertently revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.

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