What do you put on your Facebook profile and on your wall? Anything? Everything? Well, according to a hacker, you should be very careful what you put on your Facebook, or you could lose a lot, from money, to even your life.
Some of these things include the sort of details many people use for their passwords – things like their maiden name, first pet, or their favourite album, which seem innocuous when in this other context of a personality list.
Below is a list of some of them:
1. Photographs of your children
While it might seem cute, putting up photographs of your young ones could expose them to pedophiles. Also, what type of information or pictures would your children want to see about themselves online at a later date?
2. Phone number
Your privacy is important, so unless you have a phone number for business purposes, putting up your personal number online could lead to unnecessary phone calls, stalking or even being exposed to scammers.
Your birthday is one way people can access your bank account and personal details, once they link it with your name and address.
There are location services on Android or iPhones, which means that many people know where you live including those that may wish to harm you. Please turn off your location.
5. Too many friends
Having 4,000+ friends on Facebook, when in reality, you only know about 100 is exposing yourself to a lot of unwanted information and interaction. You should definitely prune your friend list.
6. Where your child/young family member goes to school
Do not put the name of your child’s school on Facebook. Frequent offenders are prowling the internet for such information that might put your child at risk.
7. Your boss
We have heard of people losing their jobs because of Facebook posts. While you should be careful of what you post, maybe you should remove your boss, to avoid unnecessary hassle.
8. Relationship status
Your relationships are better kept private. It may not work out, and the consequent change from “in a relationship” to “single” will make you feel worse than you already do.
9. When you are going on holiday
Putting your holiday plans on Facebook is not a good idea. Burglars can choose that time to rob your house.
10. ATM card pictures
This is never a good idea as the number on your card can be used to defraud you.
11. Boarding pass pictures
Taking a photo of your boarding pass, is a way to show off. But it could have serious consequences, the barcode on your boarding pass is unique to you, and can be used to find the information you gave to the flight company.