Posting pictures of your recent outing with friends, sharing a funny tweet, commenting on crucial issues, are just some of the things you do on Facebook. But most of them usually share more than is needed on Facebook. There are some things which you should refrain from sharing on Facebook. As the rate of cyber crime is on the rise, it’s important that you know how to remain safe online. Those posts you put up long back, profile additions, etc, can damage your reputation if it goes to wrong hands.
Are you worried? Don’t be; delete these things from your Facebook profile, stay safe and protect you and your family from hackers / thieves.
- Phone number
Revealing your phone number on a public platform like Facebook could prove to be a big mistake. If at all a stalker happens to get your number, then it turns out to be a big problem. Although Facebook told you it needed your number for improved security, it really is not. So better play safe.
- Your Date of Birth
It really feels good to see all the birthday posts. However, displaying your birthday on social media is not a great idea. It is an important information for hackers and fraudsters. They can use your date of birth along with others details to access your personal information, back accounts, etc.
- Information about your Kids
It’s not safe to share details about your children, like where they are, which school they go to, and so on. A photo of your kid in his / her school uniform might help fraudsters to identify where your kids are spending time while you are away at work.
Your posts come tagged with your current location if you are using the mobile version of Facebook on Android or on iPhones. Although tagging your location on Facebook says that you are a well travelled person, it also gives away your identity. Thieves will get to know where exactly you are, and burglars can break into your house, as they know you are not at home.
- Your Boss
Do not add your boss on Facebook thinking that it’s a good idea. You are actually asking for trouble. People have lost their jobs for expressing their opinions on social networking site. Moreover, if you have called in sick, but then your friends tag you at a restaurant or beach, then be prepared to face your boss the next day.
- Details like credit card information
Make sure you do not share your credit card details, bank account number, and other personal information on Facebook. By doing so, you are just making it easy for thieves to get access to sensitive details online.