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How to use Facebook safely

How to use Facebook safely

Facebook, the world’s most popular social network is more than just a platform for keeping in touch with friends and distant relatives. This is the place where most companies, online shops, new rooms and other organization entities market themselves to the world.

Recently, Google introduced pay per click making Facebook the battlefield for affiliate marketers to churn out profits. PPC is all about how many clicks and shares a post or link can get. The click is transformed into online money that can be wired into banks. It’s that uncomplicated.

However, there is a catch. All social networks including Facebook have their challenges that you need to know how to slide past them to enjoy your time on the platform. Let’s have a look at several ways you can use Facebook safely.

How to use Facebook safely

  1. Read and understand the privacy settings

Well, I don’t know if it’s just me or there is some else out there who gives little attention to reading the “privacy policy” section. We tend to think there is little from this section that can improve the security of our accounts. We even go ahead and imagine that it’s the responsibility of a social platform to keep our accounts safe. It’s not.

It’s important to visit Facebook’s privacy settings section and familiarize yourself with everything that has been noted down. These information changes often. Therefore you need to keep checking periodically to ensure you uncheck something you don’t like.

Apart from the basic settings, here are additional settings you should adjust often:

  • “Only friends”- this means only your friends will see your postings.
  • Search settings- there are two search settings; internal and external. Both can be adjusted to limit or restrict your information from being accessed by everyone.
  • Photo settings- limit who can view your photos or tag you. Sometimes it bothers when every other individual can tag you in unbecoming photos.
  • “Application and websites”- edit this section to prevent your friends from sharing your profile’s info.
  1. Don’t befriend the whole world

What’s the point of connecting with people you don’t know? There is no problem if you want to advertise your business or are into the PPC business, but a personal profile should have only the people you know.

Spammers, identity thieves, and bullies can hide in profile with many unknown friends. Some will even post click bait messages with links that direct you to dangerous sites.

  1. Protect your location

Currently, Facebook’s location services have improved to such an extent that it pinpoints the café you are enjoying coffee from. While these services are fun, there are several underlying risks.

Facebook is an internet shopping center for online burglars. These folks track your location including the address of your home and steal from you just by adding your site after the post. If you must share with your friends where you are, be generic. For your safety and that of others, never do the following:

  • Checking in at home-it’s not wise to let strangers know where you live
  • Don’t check in from your friend or family member’s home. You’ll be putting them at risk
  • Lastly, don’t link your posts to Twitter unless the setting on this platform allows you to share feeds with your friends only.
  1. Don’t overshare

Be conservative with your posts and pictures. This is one of the best ways to preserve your privacy. Deleting an item from FB takes some time to get permanently deleted. You don’t want your prospective employer to screen your profile and find something that doesn’t align with their values.

  1. Don’t use every application

Last but not the least, think twice before playing the game from an app your best friend suggested to you. Some researchers have found that viral Facebook apps can transit user’s info to external servers.

Enjoy Facebook but while at it, make sure to keep these safety tips on your fingertips.