Safety Suggestions when posting on Faceboo
kWhat started out in a college dorm for students to contact each other, this social media platform giant now boasts of 2.2 BILLION users per month. According to a Sprout Social blog article Safety suggestions for posting on Facebook
https://sproutsocial.com/insights/facebook-stats-for-marketers/ 72% of users are age 50-64 and 62% are 65 plus.Safety suggestions for posting on Facebook
I know safety and and security aren’t usually the first things you think about when posting, but here’s my 5 safety suggestions posting on Facebook.
Vacation SafetySafety suggestions for posting on Facebook
Don’t post you vacation pictures while you’re still on vacation. WHAT ? Often times, the vacations we take nowadays are trips we have saved our money and waited our entire lives to enjoy. It’s very tempting to post your breathtaking tropical sunset pictures, or the beautiful winding street next to your Italian villa, as you are experiencing them in the moment. But in reality, you’re actually advertising to all the burglars in town that no one is home and won’t be for awhile.
Until recently, Facebook allowed you to schedule your posts on your personal page. As usual Facebook fashion- rules have changed, again. But, here’s one suggestion to post your vacation pictures safely and still capture your excitement in your post. Set up a “SECRET” Facebook Group . You will be the only member in the group. Upload your pictures. Post your wonderfully witty and excited comments & descriptions in your secret group. Once back home, upload vacation pictures to you Personal FB page. Copy and Paste your previously written comments from your Secret Group — sprinkle a few past tense verbs and post on your personal page. This keeps the excitement of your vacation, with the safety of waiting till you get back home.
Much of the popularity of Facebook with older adults is the ability to See and Share photos of your grandchildren. I know it’s grandparents’ duty to brag and show them off, but realize lots of not so nice people are trolling Facebook looking for adorable grandkids. Be careful when posting comments, not to advertise daily or weekly routines or favorite places you like to visit often. Don’t be detailed with nicknames, ages, or pets– we may be unknowingly giving out information that the child will perceive as someone they should know and trust.
Another reason not to overshare your own information and your routines. For example, we have lunch at ____ every Tuesday at noon. Be aware how you comment kids/grandchildren names, nicknames and birthdates. Don’t forget about our pets’ info too. These can give expert hackers clues to your passwords and answers to your security questions to your bank accounts, etc.
Personal Security Safety suggestions for posting on Facebook
Don’t use your Facebook account as a log-in to other programs or apps. Some of these include online programs and accounts, social media scheduling programs, online calendars and such. I know it’s very tempting when that little question and symbol pop up. But, take the few extra seconds to set up these accounts up on individual basis. This limits the information Facebook has about you and your contacts. Between the Cambridge Analytica situation last year and recent hackings last month- Facebook isn’t immune to hackers and security issues.
Set a Timer
Set a timer when you Click on Facebook, it’s definitely a rabbit-hole to get lost in, just like Alice in Wonderland. Many times I’ll go on Facebook for a specific reason and before you know it, I can’t even remember the original reason I sat down at my computer.
Just remember, knowledge is power . Keep these safety tips in mind when on Facebook for your information and entertainment. At least until the next new thing comes along . Safety suggestions for posting on Faceboo
Till next time, I’ll be saving your seat in the “Booth”