Safety in Facebook

October 14, 2011

Everyone loves Facebook.  This is a known fact.  It is believed that four in every ten people are on Facebook nowadays, such is the appeal and allure of this social media phenomenon.  Members of this social media site range from everyday individuals seeking to re-establish contact with long-lost friends to entire corporations using the site as a marketing tool for their business purposes.  With almost everyone on this social media site, it is not surprising to know that there are those who are on Facebook for purposes that are less than commendable.  It is in everyone’s best interest that they be aware of some potential dangers done by some individuals in Facebook under the guise of trying to be a “friend”.

Identity Farming

Facebook has not been, sadly, spared as a source of identities used by scammers in their unscrupulous activities.  This is done through some very crafty methods, all hidden as posts that are designed to encourage people to click on it, or to allow some application access to the photos and information of the member.

How not to fall victim

It is possible not to fall victim to these scams, if only people become more aware of what they are doing and seeing in the social media site:

  1. Read the posts carefully.  If it asks for access to your information, be wary and scrutinize where the post came from and how it generally looks.  A lot of these posts asking for access to your information are controversial and highly appealing in nature, hence, this is one instance where the adage “not all that glitters is gold” might apply.
  2. Do not readily share your personal information.  Your friends are one thing, but sharing information with a complete stranger, or even you have known for a few weeks is not really a good idea.  Protect your personal information to the best of your ability.
  3. Make sure your security settings are optimal.  There are cases wherein you will receive a notice stating that your Facebook account has been accessed from another area, maybe even halfway across the world.  Once this happens, immediately change your password, and try to see any unusual or new activity your account has been known to do that you do not recall doing yourself.
  4. Change your password anyway.  Do it periodically, and if you must write it down, be sure that it is kept in a secure place where no one but you can access it.

Personal security is everybody’s business, and it really pays to ensure that although you do mingle socially, you know what goes on around you.

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