How safe are *you* on Facebook?

September 12, 2010

A quick non photography related blog entry for you today:

You’ve probably read articles before, or heard the stories … people post on the internet that they are away on vacation, and thieves somehow find out about this and happily come along, let themselves in and relocate your valuables. Problem is, you may think it’ll never happen to you, right? After all, there are *millions* of Facebook users – all over the world!

I’m sure the 50 people in Nashua, NH (not that far away now, really) thought the same thing.

http://www.wmur.com/r/24943582/detail.html

The article describes how these home owners posted their vacation, or absence from their homes, and somehow, these crooks heard about it. How did they hear about it? Pure chance?

Actually, neither. There are websites and services that monitor public Facebook postings, then take that data, run it through some code, and turns it into a nice, pretty interface that people can happily browse, search and filter down to region. It’s not hard to find the stuff you post publicly.

Scary, huh? Welcome to the internet in 2010. Anything you post, publicly, is fair game.

How can you help yourself? Get educated, and lock down your profile. Do you *really* need to show anything you post to your wall to everyone, friends, friends of friends and people you don’t know? What about pictures?

Follow the information in this guide – it’ll walk you through the information you need to know to lock down your profile – and then you can avoid being one of the victims.

http://www.sophos.com/security/best-practice/facebook/



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