As Facebook gets more and more into our lives, we present the most common mistakes on Facebook that users do.
1. Sharing personal information with strangers
Would you share your private life with a complete stranger? Would you share your personal information (age, address, phone number, etc.) and photos with him? Why should you do that on Facebook? Having lots of strangers in your friend list implies you are going to get a load of unwanted things such as invitations to stupid events or loads of spam and annoying posts and mails. Even worse suppose a thief knows your address and sees your status saying that you are on vacation.
2. Posting Weird Pictures
Uploading embarrassing pictures is one of the most popular self inflicted dangers of using Facebook. This sort of mistake can lead to all kinds of repercussions for example, losing your job. Therefore, avoid posting private and embarrassing images of yourself.
3. Adding co-workers to your friend list
Making your co-workers friends on Facebook isn’t always a good idea. It is best to keep your private and work life separate. There have been many incidents of people who faced serious problems at their work, just because their boss didn’t approve their comments or photos uploaded. The best way is to create a separate group of your co-workers friends, in case you can’t or don’t want to unfriend them. It is more important to keep your job rather than post something on Facebook.
4. Adding Random Friends
It is still quite surprising that some people out there accept every friend request they receive. By confirming Facebook ‘friendship’ without actually knowing the person involved, you might just end up making ban and wrongly informed choices.
5. Using obvious passwords
People use passwords that can easily remember. The most common are birth dates, names, phone numbers or a combination of them. Remember that you already have most of them in your profile. It’s better to choose passwords which combine letters, numbers and symbols.
6. Not protecting your children
Many users often upload photos of their children mentioning their names, age etc. Parents need to know that on a social network like Facebook, safety is a shared responsibility between users and the site. Anyone can share your childrens’ photos or download and use them for any purpose. There are many sick minds out there. Be patient! Your children will grow up and will create their own Facebook profiles (hopefully avoiding these mistakes).
When using a Facebook app, be careful when you allow access to your Profile data. In most cases your data will be used for marketing reasons. There is no worry about this, but there is always a chance to get spammed.
8. Downloading suspicious files
According to statistics, approximately 83% of people who use social networking sites download files from other people’s profiles. Since these files are usually coming from unknown individuals, some of them contain viruses that either corrupt your computer, or attempt to collect personal information that can be used against you. The first step in prevention is to only download files from people you trust. It’s also important to keep your antivirus software up to date and turned on when you are online.
9. Revealing Whereabouts
Another popular Facebook mistake is declaring your whereabouts or what you are doing particularly if you have something to hide. Sometimes, using social networking sites such as Facebook might seem so simple and harmless such that some users actually forget that their activities may be viewable by others such as an employer, your girlfriend or burglars interesting at your house.
10. Using Facebook all day long
Facebook and all social networks are very addictive especially for children. It is recommended by experts to take regular breaks or use it only in specific hours during the day. Many people prefer to communicate through Facebook rather than go out for a coffee with their friends. In extreme cases this may lead to isolation and antisocial behavior.
Nonetheless Facebook remains one of the most entertaining activities on the internet and we like sharing on it.