Facebook is one of the most powerful influencers in the world and you have to be careful how you deal with it. There are certain pieces of information you might want to consider not having on there, like your home address, or where you went to school.
The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal — in which 87 million Facebook users from around the world had their personal data harvested — has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t (and shouldn’t) trust social media sites to keep our private information, well, private. Thanks, Zuckerberg.
If you want to keep your account but better protect your privacy, here are 10 things you might want to delete:
Your birthday is actually very sensitive information because birthday can give people more easy access to your bank and other personal accounts. So it’s best to keep it quiet. to your bank and other personal accounts. So it’s best to keep it quiet.
2. Phone Number
Do you want all of your Facebook friends (or people looking at your profile) to have your phone number? If not, then take it off!
3. Photographs of Your Child/Young Children
“What type of information would children want to see about themselves online at a later date?” asked Victoria Nash, the acting director of the Oxford Internet Institute. And she has a point. Kids may not want their photos splashed across various social media pages.
4. Where Your Child go to school
According to a report by the NSPCC, the number of s***** offenses on record has alarmingly increased over the last year or so.
“Police recorded 36,429 s***** offenses against children in the UK in 2013/2014,” the report reads. “In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland police recorded the highest number of s***** offenses against children in the past decade.”
Simply put, don’t make it easier for s** offenders or potential kidnappers to find your children.
5. Location Services
In 2015, TechCrunch reported that more than 500 million people used Facebook solely from their cell phones. The same number could potentially broadcast their location to the web, meaning anyone — including those who pose a threat — could find out where you are.
6. Your Manager
Depending on your privacy settings, your boss can see everything you’ve written on your timeline — including those times you’ve badmouthed your job.
7. Stop tagging your location
If you tag your location at home, you’re basically giving away your address.
8. When And Where You Go On Vacation
This is an invitation to burglars. According to This Is Money, travelers who have their possessions stolen while on vacation risk not having their insurance claim accepted if they had posted their vacation plans on their social media pages.
9. Your Credit Card Details
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but you never want to share financial details on social media.
10. Pictures Of Your Boarding Pass
Taking pictures of your boarding pass and posting it on Instagram, for instance, is a definite no-no. The barcode on your boarding pass could potentially be used to find personal information you have given to the airline.