There used to be a time when terms like cyberbullying and identity theft didn’t mean a thing to the average internet user. That is not the case anymore though. Both these crimes, and a lot more, are on the rise and the average person is being targeted every day.
Websites like Facebook, while providing a lot of entertainment and social communication, can help these criminals reach into your lives through what you post online. That is why it is important to protect your privacy over Facebook, and these tips will help you do that.
Keep Your Posts Limited to Friends
The first thing anyone on Facebook should do is change their privacy settings to tell the website who to show your future posts. Set this so that only your friends can see what you put on Facebook, and not just any random stranger looking to misuse that information.
Don’t Let Strangers Contact You
This is especially important for all the children and teenagers on Facebook. You should set your profile to private, so that no one can contact you unless you know them. This hides your profile from strangers and doesn’t let them message you.
Get Notified if Someone Else Logs In from your Account
A good way to find out if someone is trying to steal your information or hacking into your account is to set up login notifications, so that Facebook can tell you when someone tries to log into your account from a different location.
Don’t Trust Every Ad
One thing that people don’t realize is that many scam pages can send you advertisements for you to ‘like’. They are then permitted, as per Facebook’s privacy settings, to use your name and your profile picture to support other ads as well. This can take your name and your picture to people you didn’t intend to reveal yourself to.