Protecting your Facebook data seems tricky and complicated, but it’s actually very easy to customize what kind of information you share and who can see it, as well as what apps get access to your Facebook account.
However, Swiped author Adam Levin says there’s one simple mistake many Facebook users make that might compromise their identity on Facebook, regardless of how well they think they have protected their shared data.
You may have checked and rechecked the privacy settings of your Facebook account but that doesn’t mean your identity can’t be compromised, as Levin’s video on Business Insider reveals.
Levin argues that the way you still share information about yourself can be harmful. Criminals – whether thieves or hackers – can learn plenty of details about your whereabouts from location data. Every time you check into some place with friends and family, you also tell potential attackers that you’re not home.
Not to mention that every image that shows precious personal property that people might want to steal – like a new car, TV or other expensive things – can help thieves, as will images of your home that mistakenly reveal the address or any other visual cues that may help criminals plan a hit on your house.
Furthermore, by posting personal information on Facebook, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your high school, you make it easier for hackers to know the answers to security questions you’ve set up with various websites. With access to such personal data about you, someone could try to break into your other online accounts and do further harm once inside.
Levin argues that sharing these types of personal details about yourself, and letting everyone know where you are at any given time, might compromise your security.
Check out the full video below.