Simple Facebook Security Tips to Guard Your Privacy

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As of July 9th, 2011 there were 754.7 million people on Facebook. For hundreds of millions of people, it is the major way to get an internet fix. With instant messaging, constant posts, apps and games Facebook really IS the internet for many people. With the large increase in usage in the last few years, there are now a huge amount of people that are providing personal information for a vast majority of people to view at leisure. With easy accessibility for virtually anyone, protecting your privacy on Facebook becomes imperative! Only close friends and family should see you personal information. Use the following tips to protect yourself and your family when you’re online.

Don’t Share Identifying Information

If you haven’t yet, make sure the very next step is to go through your privacy settings. Facebook has multiple layers of privacy settings. I recommend going through each and every setting to assure that only people you have accepted as friends are able to see your information. There is a huge amount of customization available in the privacy settings. Taking the time and effort to go through these at length is well worth it.

Be Wary of Messages from Anyone – Friends Included

There are any number of scammers and hackers trying to break into accounts everyday. This can hit close to home if a friends account is hacked. Be sure to scrutinize messages wall posts or tweets that are directing you to a seemingly innocent page. These pages can sometimes be harmful, transmitting malicious malware to your computer, allowing criminal access to your computer and personal files.

When Young Children Use Facebook

With the age of thirteen being the youngest allowed user on Facebook, there is cause for concern that the term ‘privacy’ may not be fully understood. If you allow your child to participate in Facebook, make sure you have a serious talk about internet safety and the passing of personal information to strangers. It’s also very important that parents have a direct hand in setting up a young users profile to ensure that privacy settings are what they should be to ensure no sensitive information is being passed unwittingly.

Increase the Security of Your Password

It’s always a lot simpler to have your password set to your birthday or your pet’s name. Unfortunately, passwords like these are the easiest for scammers and hackers to decipher. Be sure to use a variety of characters in your password. Include capitals, numbers and when possible symbols to make your password more robust and harder to crack. Also remember to change your password fairly frequently. Changing your password monthly can help minimize the risk of someone cracking and using that password online.

In the day and age of social media, it just makes sense to protect yourself the way you would walking down a potentially dangerous street. Anyway you can! Following a few common sense, simple tips can help protect your personal information and identity online.

Article provided by Renée Laurin. With a strong visible presence online including her Facebook Fanpage, internet and Facebook security is a topic that Renée Laurin feels strongly about.