With billions of users, Facebook is one of the most powerful platforms ever. With the current privacy scandal, some have deleted their accounts but if you want to keep it, there are ways to protect your personal information.
Here are 12 things you might want to delete to protect your privacy:
Your birthday is one part of an important puzzle which also includes your name and address, with which people can more easily access your bank account and personal details.
2. Phone number
The best case scenario here is acquiring a polite admirer. Worst case scenario? A stalker who calls you incessantly.
3. Most of your “friends”
Getting rid of the deadwood can make for a healthier interaction with social media.
4. Photographs of your child/young family member
What type of information would children want to see about themselves online at a later date?
5. While we’re at it, where your child/young family member goes to school
The last thing you want is to give an opportunity for a sex offender to find out where your child attends school.
6. Location services
When using your mobile you have the potential to broadcast your location online and anyone who may or may not wish you harm now knows where are you.
7. Your manager
This one is a classic. Facebook is a social media platform and to some degree your interactions ought to be relaxed. You can set your preferences to exclude your Manager from certain updates.
8. Stop tagging your location
People forget the fact that tagging your location at home actually gives away your address.
9. When and where you’re going for holiday
Travelers who are burgled while they are on holiday may not get their insurance claim accepted if they posted their holiday plans on their social media accounts.
10. Your relationship status
If you want to celebrate the blossoming of a new relationship, don’t do it on Facebook. It may not work out and then making the change from “in a relationship” to “single” status change will make you feel worse than you already do.
11. Credit card details
This is never a good idea. So don’t do it!
12. Boarding pass pictures
Taking a photo of your boarding pass is often a way to brag about your holiday but that bar code is unique to you and can be used to find the information you gave to the flight company.
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