7 Things You Should Never Do on Facebook

May 17, 2010

Oversharing personal information is bad, especially when it’s online.  Lots and lots of people you may not even realize could be learning a whole lot more about you than you’d like them to know.  CWN’s Larry Wiezycki recently wrote about how Facebook allows strangers to view your private information, unless you opt out.

Wallet Pop pointed out in a recent article that the majority of social network users share too much private information.  Somehow that little voice in our heads that should stop us fails to speak up when it comes to sharing information online.

Consumer Reports surveyed 2,000 households and found that 52% are posting some form of personal information online that falls under risky social media behavior.

Consumer Reports came up with seven things to stop doing on Facebook now:

  1. Using a weak password — Given the number of places Facebook connects to and the wealth of information about you on it, there’s no reason not to use a strong password with a mix of capital letters and numbers.
  2. Listing a full birthdate — Putting your full birthday online is opening yourself up to identity thieves who can use it to open accounts and possibly guess your SSN.
  3. Overlooking useful privacy controls — There have been many changes to how your personal info can be used, check out this guide to keep your personal information private on Facebook.
  4. Posting a child’s name in captions — You simply don’t need to share this information.
  5. Mentioning being away from home — Telling the world you are going on vacation, and giving specific dates, is as bad as letting your mail and newspapers pile up.
  6. Being found by a search engine — Turning off this options decreases the likelihood that strangers will find you.
  7. Permitting youngster to use Facebook — If your child is on Facebook you should be monitoring what they are doing so that they don’t spend $1,375 on Farmville or get in touch with the wrong people.