Social Networking is one of the most dangerous places to be. Especially when you may not know someone is watching you and what you post online. Your privacy settings may not be set to secure which is why you need to double check before you start posting things online!
Having your information on your Facebook set to public can help and encourage criminals to steal your identity by allowing them to get your details to create credit cards and take out loans in your name. This becomes a long process in you getting your identity back, which is why you need to ensure that you are protected on everything you have an account with.
How to set your profile to private
Go to your settings on your Facebook account:
Select the ‘Privacy’ tab on the left side of the screen which will take you to the settings
Select the edit button on the ‘who can see my future posts?’ and select ‘Friends only’. You can also select who can contact you and who can search your profile (e.g. who can look you up via the email address you use for your account).
When someone hacks your accounts, they can download all your personal information that is stored on the page and they can use it to their advantage. The thing is, not only are they breaking the law it is then your fault as you haven’t made sure that your account is fully protected. If people choose to have their profiles open it is at their own risk.
Limiting past Facebook posts
The disadvantage to changing your settings from public to friends only is that it will only protect your profile for future posts that you make and not previous ones. There is a section on the privacy settings that will allow you to do this.
All you need to do in the privacy settings is to click ‘Limit past posts’ on the ‘Who can see my stuff?’ section and it will allow your friends only to view your past posts.
How can I stop my profile being an easy target?
- Make sure your password has a combination of capital letters, numbers and special characters
- Don’t use your birthday or something simple for your password
- Do not fall for password reset schemes unless you have requested a password reset just ignore them or delete them
- DO NOT ever give your password to anyone