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Facebook Safety Tips

5 Facebook Safety Tips by identity theft expert john sileo

Facebook Safety Tip #1: If they’re not your friend, don’t pretend. Don’t accept friend requests unless you absolutely know who they are and that you would associate with them in person, just like real friends.

Facebook Safety Tip #2: Post only what you want made public. Be cautious about the personal information that you post on any social media site, as there is every chance in the world that it will spread beyond your original submission.  It may be fun to think that an old flame can contact you, but now scammers and thieves are clambering to access that personal information as well.

Facebook Safety Tip #3: Manage your privacy settings. Sixty percent of social network users are unaware of their default privacy settings. Facebook actually does a good job of explaining how to lock your privacy down (even if they don’t set up your account with good privacy settings by default). To make it easy for you, follow these steps:

  1. Spend 10 minutes reading the Facebook Privacy Policy. This is an education in social networking privacy issues. Once you have read through a privacy policy, you will never view your private information in the same way. At the point the privacy policy is putting you to sleep, move on to Step 2.
  2. Visit the Facebook Privacy Help Page. This explains how to minimize all of the possible personal information leakage that you just read about in the privacy policy. Once you understand this on one social networking site, it becomes second nature on most of the others. 
  3. Now it is time to customize your Facebook Privacy Settings so that only information you want shared, IS shared. This simple step will reduce your risk of identity theft dramatically.

Facebook Safety Tip #4: Keep Google Out. Unless you want all of your personal information indexed by Google and other search engines, restrict your profile so that it is not visible to these data-mining experts.

Facebook Safety Tip #5: Don’t unthinkingly respond to Friends in Distress. If you receive a post requesting money to help a friend out, do the smart thing and call them in person. Friend in Distress schemes are when a thief takes over someone else’s account and then makes a plea for financial help to all of your friends (who think that the post is coming from you). As with all matters of identity, verify the source.

This content from: http://www.sileo.com/facebook-safety/#more-554

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Collage students 27% more likely to get identity stolen online!!!
October 27, 2009, 6:08 am
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , ,

Lockergnome.com believes that collage students are 27% more likely to get their identity stolen trough online social networking sites. With the increased use of global media more and more people are facing issues of identity theft, what if this happened to you? What if a hacker stole your name and used it for their own ammusment? These are just some questions I have been thinking about latley whilst researching this topic. Society dosn’t believe this will ever happen to them thats its just another technological worry…. But what if???

http://www.lockergnome.com/kentlewis/2008/11/29/how-social-media-networks-facilitate-identity-theft-and-online-fraud/



Facebook – dictating and affecting
October 26, 2009, 3:17 pm
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In a report published by CyberPsychology & Behaviour, psychologists looked at the actual impact of facebook on relationships.

“Our results suggest that Facebook may expose an individual to potentially jealousy-provoking information about their partner, which creates a feedback loop whereby heightened jealousy leads to increased surveillance of a partner’s Facebook page. Persistent surveillance results in further exposure to jealousy-provoking information.”

Muise, A., Christofides, E. & Desmarais, S. (2009). More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy? CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12(4), 441-444.

Such findings reveal the affective nature of facebook to transgress its cyber boundaries and extend into the real world. In a historical sense what can be concluded is that facebook wields significant power through the collective generation of data – peoples’ posts, images and  status comments to turn around and impact the course of peoples ‘real world’ lives and create new personal histories. While at its core – user generated, we have simultaneously surrendered a certain level of control – where we are vulnerable to the actions of others.



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October 26, 2009, 3:01 pm
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How do we mediate relationships online?
October 26, 2009, 2:28 pm
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What histories do we create when we build our profiles? Are these histories the result of maintaining relationships and reinforcing the social codes we follow with certain people? For example are you inhibited by what your boss would think? Why do you tag and untag images of yourself? What is your tagging policy? Are these decisions based on how others would perceive you? Thus, does the integrity of facebook itself rest on our relationships? Forming and maintaining – if nothing but our external selves for those around us to observe?

The following images are screen shots taken from profiles. What can we assume of these people, and what do we assume of other people in our friend list? Who are we concerned with or by, when we choose are own profile pics?

Profile Pic #1

How do we judge?

What do we know?

What do we know?

what can we assume?

what can we assume?

can we assume anything?

can we assume anything?



what we think we know already
October 26, 2009, 2:19 pm
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What we know for sure about facebook (sample survey of peers and colleagues)

  1. In most cases the name is accurate
  2. Many people like receiving birthday wishes – birthdays are most likely accurate
  3. Profile pictures are going to either consist of:
    1. Self portrait
    2. Self portrait with friends – also insightful
    3. Favoured item/pet/location – also insightful
    4. Arbitrary image – reflective of persons personality
    5. Friends list is indicative of ‘who you are’. Pple are weary of those with ‘too many’, and take more seriously those with what is considered an ‘average’ amount

Additions welcome . . . .


who are we here and who are we there?
October 26, 2009, 2:17 pm
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OK so just reflecting on previous post, it’s a huge call to make admittedly – but if we consider the ways in which we act towards our family in contrast to the way in which we act in a place of work and again in contrast to the way in which we act in social situations, is this not equally ‘constructive’? When we don different personas for different people, are we not actively constructing our own identities time and time again? Thus the questions lies, how can the ‘constructivist nature’ of our facebook profiles be any less of a real account then the conglomeration of identities we use to showcase ourselves to a variety of different publics?

Essentially the point and/or question: the historical validity of facebook?? Its biographical legitimacy and socio authority in confirming who we are and who we are connected to.