Safety Alert: 12 Things You Should Delete From Your Facebook And Like Right Now!

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We’ve become a world of over-sharers. Having countless social media accounts is fun, well, most of the time, but we definitely don’t want our information to fall into the wrong hands while we’re just having fun.There’s plenty on your Facebook page, for example, waiting to stab you in the back. Here are 12 of those things you might want to remove immediately.

1. Phone number.

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If you don’t want a stalker who calls you incessantly, you should remove your phone number from your Facebook account. Of course, the one who keeps calling might as well be a polite admirer, but that’s the best scenario. And of course, Facebook won’t sell your data, but that doesn’t mean it’s a hundred percent safe. Even if nothing bad comes from it, no good will arise either, so better to play it safe.

2. Your birthday.

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We want our birthdays to be celebrated by all the people we know, but a birthday is one part of an important puzzle, which also includes your name and address, that people can more easily access your bank account and personal details. So it’s better to be safe than taking risks.

3. Some of your "friends."

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Oxford psychology professor, Robin Dunbar, theorizes that humans can maintain approximately 150 stable relationships. After looking at 3,375 Facebook users, Dunbar found that of their Facebook friends, 4.1 were considered dependable, and 13.6 exhibited sympathy during an “emotional crisis.”

Getting rid of the deadwood can make for a healthier interaction with social media.

4. Photographs of your child/young family member.

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Victoria Nash, acting director of the Oxford Internet Institute, posed a really good question on this subject, and it’s to do with consent: What type of information would children want to see about themselves online at a later date?

Previous generations never needed to consider this, but the advent of the internet and social media has given this question more importance.

5. Location services.

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In 2015 TechCrunch reported that over 500 million users accessed Facebook solely from their mobile, which means that the same number has the potential to broadcast their location online, and people who may or may not intend to wish you harm, now knows where are you.

6. Tagging the location of your home.

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You may forget the fact that tagging your location at home actually gives away your address, so we assume that you don't want that to happen.

7. Where your child/young family member goes to school.

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According to the NSPCC, the number of recorded sexual offenses has increased over the last year. The last thing you want is to give an opportunity for a sex offender to find out where your child attends school.

8. Your relationship status.

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If you want to celebrate the blossoming of a new relationship, don't do it on Facebook. It may not work out, and the consequent "in a relationship" to "single" status change will make you feel worse than you already do.

9. Credit card details.

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You already know this, but it's NEVER a good idea to share your credit card details on any website, and Facebook is definitely not an exception.

10. Pictures of your plane tickets.

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The information on the ticket includes the passenger’s name, frequent flyer number, and other “personally identifiable information.” Someone can obtain the “record key” for the flight, continue to the airline’s website and use the passenger’s last name, which was encoded in the barcode, and the record key enables them to access your entire account. 

Scary, right? But this actually happened to someone in 2015.

11. Holiday photos.

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It's like broadcasting to the world that ‘hey, my home’s going to be empty for the next week, have at it, burglars.’

12. Your boss.

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There have been multiple instances of Facebook users losing their jobs for views and opinions expressed on the social networking site. Even if you’re not slagging off your employer all too publicly, there are still pitfalls waiting to capture you.

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