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Staying safe on Facebook

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Facebook is being used more and more every day. And as more people share their lives on Facebook, there is a group of people who are learning how to take advantage of you, your family and kids from what you post.

To help you stay safe on Facebook follow these tips.

Set your privacy setting to “friends.” This restricts your posts to only your friends. Anyone who is not your friend will not see your post.

Monitor “tagged pictures” of yourself. You can see tagged pictures under the “photos” section and “photos of you.” You can “untag” any photos that you do not wish tagged. If there is a picture of you in a compromising situation, you can request that photo be removed as well.

Never post yourself under any influence. This could be dancing on the bar or even drinking with friends. It is too easy for others to find this in the future.

Avoid sharing your personal info. This includes your phone number, mailing address, home address, animal’s names, kid’s schools and other confidential information that someone might use against you later.

Don’t post information about an upcoming trip or vacation. This is prime information for burglars, especially if they know your home address.

Change your password on a regular basis. This could be as often as once a month or every six months, but change the password. This will help secure your account.


Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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