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Sunday, July 8, 2012

AdilanClub: 10 things you really shouldn't put on Facebook

Sulaiman Kamal | 10:52 PM | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Some types of information are best left offline.

Facebook is rapidly becoming a tool used by employers, stalkers and law enforcement agencies to search for details about people.

Hackers are also on the look out for instances of over-sharing personal information in order to commit identity fraud.

Even if you have a "Friends Only" setting for all your posts, it is likely that your friends list contains acquaintances or people you'd rather not share too much information with.

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Here are 10 things you should never share on Facebook.

1. Your birth date

Revealing your exact date of birth is risky, considering that financial institutions require such information for credit cards or bank statements.

Having a date of birth visible for all to see is one step closer to identity theft

2. Your mother's maiden name

Remember that many websites use this as a security question to retrieve passwords and other personal information about your online accounts. Be wary of what you're sharing about your mother online.

3. Your home address

No need to share this information with friends, acquaintances, ex-partners or colleagues. Burglars have also been known to use Facebook to find empty houses when users posted that they were not at home.

4. Trips away from home

Status updates that mention that you will be away from home for a long period tells the online world that no one is keeping an eye on your empty house. If you really must publicise these details, it might be helpful to add that you have a burglar alarm or a fierce watchdog.

5. Leaving home for a short period of time

Broadcasting your location through check-ins or even simple things like saying you're out at the gym or at a shopping centre could give potential thieves the opportunity to break into your house.

6. Inappropriate photos

You've probably read news reports about people who have lost their jobs because of racy or other incriminating photos they posted online. Just don't do it.

7. Confessions/Venting frustrations

Don't tell Facebook (or Twitter) if you're angry with your boss, having an underage drinking party or doing illegal drugs. Or if you're supposed to be on medical leave but aren't really sick.

Screengrabs of these confessions that land in the wrong hands could cost you your job or even get you arrested.

In Singapore, teens have also been arrested for posting racist remarks on Facebook.

Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or class of the population of Singapore can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to three years, or both.

8. Your phone number

Posting your phone number on Facebook could invite unwanted calls from telemarketers, stalkers or other friends-of-friends.

9. A countdown to your next holiday

Better to tell Facebook about your holiday after it's done, rather than inform potential crooks beforehand when your house will be empty.

10. Photos of the interior of your home

Posting what your house looks like just gives potential thieves an idea about what valuables you own and what to look out for.


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