31 Aug 20085 Facebook safety tips
A new report published by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of British Columbia says young people are exposing themselves to identify theft by posting personal information on the Internet, especially on social networking sites, such as Facebook.
If you, or your kids, are spending time on Facebook – and many millions of Canadians are – then take heed to the following tips on better protecting yourself or loved ones from online scams (and sexual predators). Much of the same advice can be used for other networking sites such as MySpace and MSN Spaces.
1. Never give out personal information
Posting your name on your Facebook profile page is perfectly reasonable, but you need not list your address, birth date, phone number, work details or any other private information a malicious person can use against you. Also be cautious about what kinds of photos your kids are posting, in case they reveal personal info such as a photo of them in front of their school sign. Remember to remind your kids to never ever meet a new Facebook "friend" in real life.
2. Close your network
Rather than making your profile public to everyone – meaning all your details pop up if someone types in your name or clicks on your name on someone else's site – you can choose to close your Facebook network to everyone except for a small group of friends. Further, when you accept a friend request, don't be afraid to click the box that says "limit my profile." On that note, don't feel obligated to accept a friend request from someone you don't know.
3. Watch your wall
You might do a good job keeping personal info off your main page but your friends or coworkers might blow it. Example: you're going on vacation and leaving your house vacant for a week, so you don't broadcast this information on the Internet. Except a dim friend or two writes on your public wall – for all to see -- something like "Dude, have fun in Mexico this week! Bring me home some tequila!" Sigh, be sure to remove these comments ASAP. You might be tempted to ask a friend to remove these comments while you're away -- but remember to change your Facebook password when you come back in case you ever get in a fight with this person.
4. Be wary of forms
Thousands of third-party Facebook applications can add to the site's functionality, be it trivia games, video posts, astrology, and so forth. While free, many of these companies like to collect names for marketing purposes, so be aware of forms you might be asked to fill out forms in order to use their application. Don't fill out every field if you don't feel comfortable about it (such as a residential street address) and if it's mandatory, consider another application or make up the information (123 Sesame Street).
5. Use email messages
Remember, someone's Facebook wall can be viewed by anyone, so before you post a comment or question to it, ask yourself if it's better as a private email, which only the Facebook user can read. Similar to tip #3 (above), you might upset the person you're writing if it contains personal information, but also be cautious of what information you're revealing about yourself, such as "Hey, here's my new cell phone number!"
zaza at 10:22 pm
22 Aug 2008
zaza at 6:44 pm
19 Aug 2008the ghosts of my past are coming apart at the seams.
shred up, sucker!
shred yourself up in a way that i can never mend you, ever again.
zaza at 2:17 pm
18 Aug 2008hello all you happy people.
today i ate 6 samosas in one sitting. no im not kidding and no they werent those tiny ones. they were the proper size ones. my friend had just 2. she said that having 2 was normal. was she indirectly suggesting that having 6 was abnormal? am i abnormal for eating 6 or not? she said i shocked her, i liked that though. i love shocking people. she said it would have been understandable if a guy ate that much. should i have been a guy?
things are taking a new turn, for the best. life is good. ha i havent said that in a while. guess its true. God really does help those who help themselves. we should never give up when the going gets tough because pulling through it really pays off. its not good to repeat yourself. just say it once and if the other person gets it, fair. if they dont get it, pick up your pieces and move on because they arent worth it. somewhere along the line, they will realise.
bye from me until next time.
zaza at 9:09 pm
16 Aug 2008quit blogging?
cos life is quite alright without it?
what you say?
zaza at 9:12 pm
12 Aug 2008remember death.
youre either going to die soon. or sooner.
may Allah forgive us for our sins, and bestow His mercy on each and everyone of us.
zaza at 11:44 pm
5 Aug 2008every man is in some kind of crisis. eternal crisis?
every person is searching for inner contentment.
escapism. hiding from reality.
camouflaging pain behind a broken smile. but how long for?
where does happiness live? where can i buy some, please?
some things cannot be expressed in any words, in any language.
zaza at 8:50 pm
3 Aug 2008my head doesnt listen to my heart, my heart screams. my head doesnt listen to my heart, my heart screams louder. my head never listens to my heart. either my head doesnt own any functioning ears or my heart just isnt screaming loud enough.
zaza at 1:07 am