Facebook Dangerous?

Discussion in 'Social Media for Business' started by RestOwner, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. RestOwner

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    Are you the one that provides your personal information on your profile on Facebook? Some say that shouldn't be done, there can be consequences.

    I personally don't like sharing my personal photos.
     
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    What will be problem if you are sharing your personal photos on facebook? There are so many users so why one will use your photos?
     
  3. Kay

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    I only share one photo on sites and it's the one I use here at BAF of myself and my husband. Facebook's made a big effort to tighten the privacy of profiles over the last few months after some bad press. There's no reason for anyone to reveal information they aren't comfortable with sharing. You just need to be sensible and remember that talking on the web is like stopping a stranger in the street and telling them things.

    You wouldn't for example say your entire family will be on vacation in some far flung corner of the earth for two weeks if you've shared your address somewhere on your page. That would be an open invitation to burglars. Common sense should prevail. Thoughtlessness is more of a problem than Facebook itself.
     
  4. RestOwner

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    But see, that's the problem Kay, some people may be so ignorant that they do things like that with out thinking about the consequences.
     
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    Facebook can be dangerous. I get several spam friend requests (porn links :( ) per day. It may not seem like much, but the sites can have viruses and junk to steal your personal info.

    "Constant vigilance!" - Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
     
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    Facebook is as dangerous as all other social networks. In all networks there are crazy people who have nothing to do, but send spam and porn links to other. I think the owners of Facebook they control the security so much.
     
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    People need to be careful about putting their personal info online, regardless of what the site is. Site owners can do very little to stop dangerous people from getting membership on their networks and there are lots of people who pretend to be someone they are not. You never really know who you are speaking to online and as Agent quotes, you need to be vigilant at all times.

    I've just posted guidelines on Staying Safe Online here on BAF.
     
  8. Mountain Man

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    It is easy to forget that facebook is a public place, just like a mall (as public as you make it). You should only friend those who really are your friends, unless you like strangers having your personal info. I know people with 700 friends and they share their phone number with friends. Not a good idea. We tend to forget we are sharing things with people we don't really know.
    All of my FB friends are people I would recognise and say high to on the street.
     
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    Facebook or any social networking site are dangerous if not used correctly.
    I have posted before an article telling you the ways on how to protect your identity while using these social networking sites..
     
  10. John1

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    What problem or consequence would there be if you uploaded a personal photo? I do it all the time of me and my friends and nothing has happened. As for information I only ever put my name, age and country. I never put my exact town.
     
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    Somebody could hunt you down... Or something similar to that.
     
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    Hi
    The purpose of this is to make you aware that there are dangers out there that you need to watch out for. Social networking can be all fun and games, just like it's meant to be, if a few precautions are taken.
     
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    Not to sound paranoid but someone could take your photo, do some good (or bad) editing and post it to an "adult" website. Or use it in some other inappropriate way. If they had lots of time with nothing to do they could go through your photos find where you live, and blackmail you (maybe show you going into a liquor store with a young blond).
    Like I say I think this might be being paranoid. The best advice is to use common sense. I don't think it's a good Idea for a teen to post their home and cell phone number, then invite 700 strangers to be their friend.
     
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    People can hunt you down using a photo of you? Wouldn't they find it hard to find out were you live from a photo?

    Well to be honest if people did that why would millions of users upload their photos to their profiles every day?
     
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    I don't think so, there are stalkers everywhere and they can find their way of knowing stuff.
     
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    I don't care. If someone wants to kill me, they probably could find me. Too bad I have Police Training.
     
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    I knew one person who is really active on facebook. She put all her necessary information including her address and phone number. One day while she's about to go home one guy keep following her. And to make the long story short she was raped by this guy. Sad and tragic story but thatwas started from facebook. Her informations and all photos give the guy to his first tragic move. Hope this will be lesson to everyone. Never post all your informations on your social networkiing site. Be aware.
     
  18. Mountain Man

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    It depends on how much time and energy a person is willing to invest. With A bit of investigative effort and deductive reasoning someone could find out quite a bit about you. Don't forget the background of your photos, time of your posts, and any other info you casually mention "got to go to work now, wish the highway wasn't so noisy" etc. In theory it could all be pieced together to get additional info that you did not provide.


    I'm not saying it happens, just that it could, and we most likely wouldn't ever know.
     
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    Honestly, common sense tells you NOT to give out your address. It's simple.
     
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    I think it's fine if you post personal photos on Facebook. As long as you're not posting your birthdays, current location, constantly posting status updates on where you are and what you're doing, ONLY accepting personal friend requests and MOST importantly setting your profile on private, you should be fine.
     

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