Facebook Dos and Don'ts

Staying Safe While Being Social

 
August 16, 2013

Facebook Dos and Don'ts

Comment August 16, 2013 by Becky, eCommerce Manager

Social Media site, Facebook, is meant for the purpose the industry describes: to be SOCIAL. Sharing, liking, posting and checking in are all ways to connect with others and create a conversation no matter the distance between you. It’s a way for friends and family to stay connected and for new friendships to ignite.

But, when does sharing become too much? Is it possible to be social without putting yourself or your friends in danger of becoming a victim of cyber or terrestrial crime? Yes, it is.

Triangle was recently published in The Financial Brand’s Power 100 Social Media Rankings for Credit Unions. We enjoy online discussion with our members, non-members and employees alike! But we follow a set of guidelines to help maintain the safety and privacy of all those involved in our professional and personal networks. Along with following the usual online safety practices such as using long, strong, and unique passwords (for every login you use) or deleting emails from unknown sources, check out this simple list of Facebook Do’s and Don’ts to better enhance your security:

Do 

Get picky about your privacy settings and include permissions to just those people you intend to view your posts, photos and friends lists. Plus, with the new Graph Search, all of the information you’ve posted about yourself is now indexed and searchable. Selectively choosing your privacy settings can help keep you off creepers’ radar.

Don't 

Leave your device unlocked. Drop your phone or leave your iPad without locking them and you’re inviting folks to access much more than just your Facebook profile. Locking your device is the infantry of your defense!

Do 

Complete updates regularly on your home computer and mobile device apps. Most updates include security enhancements. In addition, try secure browsing.

Don't 

Be link-click-happy. Clicking links from sites you don’t recognize (even when they are posted by friends) can be a window for malware and virus’.

Do 

Wait until after your vacation to post about your vacation. Posting before or while it’s happening is like putting a sign outside your house that says “Welcome, We’re Away!”

Don't 

Share your friends email or contact information. Many games and 3rd party applications require that you share not just your information, but your friends’ too. Think before you click OK!

Do 

Keep some stuff private. Know what you’ve posted about your life and be aware of “Screen Scraping.”

Don't 

Share your full date of birth. Everyone loves attention on their birthday, but sharing the full date makes it easier for ID thieves. Shut off this Profile Setting.

Do 

Are they really your friends? Use your profile to connect with your real friends and delete out any strangers. Keep your private profile for private use with the people you know and trust.

Don't

If you are cutting the cord and cleansing, don’t just de-activate your account, DELETE it entirely. It requires the completion of a form, but will keep your photos and posts from being retained by the site.