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To Post, Or Not To Post, That Is The Question

Happy Monday everyone! The Center hopes you all are enjoying your vacations from school, but if you’ve already went back, we hope you’re enjoying your new classes! In this weeks article, we talk about some of the items you should refrain from sharing with your Facebook friends.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, states that the company’s unofficial mission is to make “the world more open and connected.” While you may enjoy sharing your newest photos and status updates with your Facebook friends, there should be limits to what you share. Yes, you can customize who sees your information through Facebook’s privacy settings, (located in “Privacy Settings” or under your photos and status updates), but some information user’s post should be limited. If you look through your friend’s list I’m sure there’s a handful of people, or even more, that you barely know or have ever met. Right!? In this case, when you try to safeguard yourself through the “Friends Only” setting, for example, those select few can still see your information. It’s scary to think that though those people don’t know you, they have the basic information they need to see where your from, where you were born, etc.

Once something is in black and white, posted, tagged, etc. it can be used against you even when you aren’t aware of it. If a friend tags you in a picture or post, you’re notified of the activity and can either accept or deny the post/picture in some instances. In some cases when the photo or post is linked to their account, you can’t physically remove it so you’re still out there. You never know who’s watching you. “Employers, stalkers, federal agents, and even insurance companies have been know to scan Facebook profiles for information,” according to the Huffington Post. You take the risk of putting your information out there for others to see and possibly use against you.

The article lists 13 things you shouldn’t tell your Facebook friends. Some examples are your date of birth, your phone number, your home address, your location, when you’re going out of town, etc. Though these may seem obvious, some people have been know to share these vital pieces of information. There are also 2 other links for you to see that show posts that got people fired and posts that led to people being arrested.

Always remember it only take a couple of these items for hackers or others to use to gain more information on you. Please be aware of what you post and share with others because you never know how it could be used.

For a complete look at this weeks article, use the link below. Please comment and let us know what you think about this week’s article. Are you an offender of these No Nos?? Let us know, we always love to hear from you! Until next week…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/01/what-not-to-post-on-facebook_n_764338.html?ref=social-media#s157112&title=Your_Birth_Date

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