Safety When Using

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social networking site that can be used for posting pictures and statuses of your current life. But, it can be much more than that, some ways good, some ways bad.

Starting Up With Facebook

When you first start to make your Facebook, it's going to ask you for your personal information. If you are given the option, do not enter it. Otherwise some information you use can be fake, as to avoid users from accessing it.


When making your Facebook, of course you're going to need a password. Make sure you have a strong password that includes capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and sometimes symbols. Never tell anybody else your password and always log out when using a device that other are going to use.


I know many people take vacation once in a great while, but don't tell your friends on Facebook! Statuses of being on vacation or being away from the house can tell people that your house is a target for vandalism or robbery. Photos are also a good indicator you're out of the house as well. So, wait until you're home to upload those photos.

Privacy Settings

I could go into a whole other topic but my main point is make sure you know who is viewing your profile. These settings are easy to change and require little effort to change, this means the difference of random people seeing your photos or your family and friends seeing them.

Friends, Or Are They?

Chances are, you have a couple friends who you don't even know. No matter how attractive that 'Russian Spy' looks, don't friend them unless you know them. Most of the time when you receive a request from someone you've never seen before, they are either spam bots meant to send out advertisements on your profile or people trying to gain your personal information.


Last but not least, don't share too much of your information such as your home address, family members, and birthday as these are easy pickings for identity thieves.


O'Donnell, Andy. "Facebook Safety Tips for Teens." About.com Internet / Network Security. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2013. <http://netsecurity.about.com/od/securityadvisorie1/a/Facebook-Safety-Tips-For-Teens-And-Tweens.htm>.

Liu, Alec. "5 Ways to Stay Safe on Facebook." Fox News. FOX News Network, 24 Oct. 2010. Web. 24 May 2013. <http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/10/23/ways-stay-safe-facebook/>.