The Significance of Privacy
Irrespective of all the fun and connectivity opportunities provided by Facebook, the privacy promoted by the social network is nothing but a joke. Many naive users however trust this social media site just because it keeps on upgrading its privacy settings – allowing you to maintain so-called confidentiality. Facebook’s alleged involvement in users’ information disclosure has become a common hearsay.
There have been diverse allegations accusing Facebook of divulging user information for divergent motives. Those who are new to the world of social media are easily fooled by the features offered in the name of privacy. Most of the users probably don’t know how to efficiently utilize those features in the first place.
Nevertheless, those who think of themselves as pros in protecting their private information often make ridiculous mistakes; significant of them all is trusting privacy feature in the first place. So, here are top 5 ridiculous decisions we have lined up that you might have taken to trust Facebook with your privacy.
Brag About Yourself Publicly
Most of the users love to brag about themselves. They just love to disclose all their personal information, providing all details in the bio. This information refers to details like full name, address, date of birth, occupation, relationship status, contact number and so on. Making all this information available publicly makes you vulnerable to unauthorized assaults.
How many of you have your date of birth as your account password? How many of you use their maiden name as a secret question? How many of you actually think that information made available by you to public can’t be misused or accessed by cyber-goons to infiltrate your privacy. Haven’t thought about it yet? Think again!
These cybercriminals can easily access your private information and use it against you. Ironically, they won’t have to try much as you have already made it easy for them. They don’t have any security walls to breach or coded information to decrypt, they will just view your profile and everything they need is right there.
Hacking into your Facebook account is a piece of cake for even a rookie hacker. So, even if your information is to be viewed by you or your friends only, there still is a loophole in your privacy protection measures adopted.
Our recommendation in this regard; don’t ever publicly disclose information like your full name, parents’ name, your date of birth, your address, your phone number or any other details that can be used to infiltrate your security.
If your account’s password or bank’s access code is named after your pet, don’t brag about him while posting your selfies with the poor thing. Consider the recommendations prescribed or you will be the next victim to random social engineering attacks and may eventually lead to identity theft.
Making your posts public is probably the most ludicrous approach to let someone peep into your life. Public posts are visible to all: that includes your family, your friends, your employer, people you don’t know and people you don’t want to know – stalkers I mean.
These concerns however are confined to your personal life and privacy violated by your own hands. Public posts entice concerns more crucial than the aforementioned. Your public posts can lead you to be a victim of phishing or online fraud agents viciously seeking new targets.
Your public posts can be misused and even ridiculed but someone that doesn’t like you much. If your posts are public, you need to be very careful about what you say; because, irrespective of the advantages, Internet can be very cruel sometimes. People can misuse your directs messages, status updates and especially your posted pictures for random trolls and puns.
You never know, next thing your social circles laughs at is your MEME gone viral over the Internet. Your public posts also make you vulnerable to identity thieves. They can duplicate the information shared by you and use it for their ill intentions.
We all have bad days at work. We often use social media to take out our frustration by sharing appalled status updates. You won’t like your boss to read those updates, would you? Firstly, by posting them publically, you have already made them accessible. Secondly, professional jealousy is inevitable; you never know your updates are shared at your workplace by a colleague you don’t have good relations with.
Our recommendation in this regard: make your posts visible to “friends only”. You can add an exception of making your posts visible to “friends of friends” if you have someone in your friends’ social circle to impress. Confine the access of posts and updates that are personal.
When it comes to posting your pictures, making them visible to tagged people only is a recommendable approach. Facebook has over 1 billion users, trying to impress them all can lead you to 1 billion different varieties of MEMEs and puns.
Imagine leaving your valuables unprotected before leaving your home. It doesn’t differ much from a Facebook account with weak password protection. Feeble passwords are like an open invitation to hackers, phishers and identity thieves to mess with your confidentiality.
We all have our smartphones synced with our social media accounts; every click from our phone leaves a digital trace. You won’t want an unauthorized person to access your private memories, would you? I guess not. So, change your passwords today if you have kept a password referring to your last name, your maiden name, your pet name, your date of birth or just another dim-witted 123456.
You probably have other applications especially online shopping services integrated with your Facebook account. Since most of you don’t bother to logout of your account after a shopping spree, strong and unique password protection for Facebook is highly recommended.
In fact, you must go for Facebook’s opt-in security feature of two-step verification; this would definitely shrink the chances of your account’s security being compromised.
Many of you prefer to keep same password for different accounts. So, if your Facebook’s security is compromised, the rest are vulnerable to assault as well. Hence, another approach recommended is to keep divergent passwords to minimize the risk of security infiltration.
Sharing your Location Publically
Sharing your location publically makes you easily traceable. Furthermore, unnecessary check-ins gives away your current location to all those who can access your public posts. Checking-in has become a trend where people love to blow the horn where ever they go. This is an invasion of your privacy you willingly welcome.
All those who are added or even know about your existence on Facebook are familiar with the location of your residence, college, workplace and even your favorite restaurant. This not only deteriorates your privacy but it also enhances the chances of you being robbed. You are not the only one who has a Facebook account after all.
The most recommendable approach in this regard is to disable geo-location feature on Facebook and avoid repetitive check-ins. However, if you still want to brag about where you’re having a cheese burger right now, make sure your check-ins are visible to limited social circle only.
Choose Your Friends – Wisely
When it comes to making friends, you must choose your friends wisely. It is very easy for any unknown person to entice people to accept his/her friend request by using a fake display picture of a cute girl probably in a revealing outfit.
The pros play it wisely however; they befriend with some easy targets in your social circle and then send you a friend request. Seeing a few mutual friends might eventually lead you to trust and accept friend request from actually an unknown person. This is something you must seriously consider.
Accepting his friend request will not only give him access to your personal information, pictures and posts shared with friends; but, it will also compromise privacy of your social circle preferring to share their posts with friends of friends.
There may be diverse reasons for them to add you as a friend; however, none of those reasons would be pleasant – that’s for sure. The recommendable approach in this regard is not to accept friend requests from anyone unless you know them personally.
Discussed above were 5 ridiculous decisions to trust Facebook with your privacy and probably the inane mistakes you ever made – digitally speaking. It’s not too late though. The approaches recommended can still save you from the digital menace caused by your complacency by keeping your privacy and security intact.
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