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10 Facebook Safety and Security Tips for Teens

10 Facebook Safety and Security Tips for Teens

Des criminals exist who aim to exploit Facebook users. These suggestions will help you stay secure on Facebook.

Wait till you’re 13 to sign up.

However, Facebook explicitly prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from registering. The site may delete your account and all content, including photos, if they discover you are underage.

Use a fake first or middle name

Facebook’s policy allows nicknames as your first or middle name. Using your entire legal name may assist predators and identity thieves learn more about you. Visit Facebook’s Help Center for additional information.

Adjust privacy settings.

If you want to be a social butterfly, make sure your Facebook privacy settings are set to private. Make your profile only visible to those you’ve already accepted as friends.

Don’t put your phone number on your profile

Don’t make your email or phone number public. A malicious Facebook app or a hacker could exploit this data to spam or harass you. We don’t recommend sharing this with your Facebook pals. Your true pals already have your phone number and email. Less exposure is preferable.

Never Share Your Location

Criminals and predators may utilize your location to locate you. Strangers can now see your location if your friend’s account is left signed in on a public computer or hacked. Also, don’t post that you’re lonely.

Abuse Report

If you ever feel threatened by someone on Facebook, report them by clicking the Report Abuse link on their post. If you don’t like a photo of yourself, untag yourself.

Make a Good Password

A basic password can be quickly guesses and used to access your account. Never reveal your password to anyone. If you’re using a public computer like a library or a school lab, always log out of Facebook.

Think Before You Post

Some things should never be posted on Facebook. Remember that whatever you post can harm others and be used against you in the future.

Just because you delete something on Facebook doesn’t mean someone screenshotted it before you could remove it. If you post something unflattering about yourself or others, it may come back to haunt you when you apply for a job or education. If you’re not comfortable stating anything in front of others, don’t put it online.

Watch Out for Facebook Scams and Rogue Apps

Not all Facebook apps are good. A Facebook app usually requires access to elements of your profile in order to work. If you grant access to a bad software, you risk spam or worse. Whether in doubt, Google the app’s name plus “scam” to see if any documented scams exist.

Report Hacked Accounts IMMEDIATELY!!

Don’t feel embarrassed to report a hacker to your account. Immediately report the hack. Hackers may attempt to mimic you using your hijacked account to con your pals.

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