In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Facebook said that as of June 30, 2012, there were 83 million fake accounts on the site. That alone should make you think twice about what you’re posting online to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, FourSquare, and thousands more.
Don’t post information that would expose you to identity theft or malicious threats. For example: Home or business addresses, phone numbers, job titles, birth dates, schedule details, daily routines, and business or family details. It’s a great idea to let your neighbors know you’re headed out on vacation so they can keep an eye on your house or apartment. It’s NOT a great idea to post those vacation plans on public Internet sites.
If you mention your pet’s name, nickname, favorite song, movie, TV show, birthday, and other seemingly innocuous info on social media sites, make sure those words or phrases are NOT part of your passwords for other sites. You’re just making it too easy for someone to guess your password. Instead, when creating passwords, use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
Since most everyone from age 13 to 113 seems to be using Facebook, we will use that as a starting example.