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6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    The whole social networking phenomenon has millions of Americans sharing their photos, favorite songs and details about their class reunions on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and dozens of similar sites. But there are a handful of personal details that you should never say if you don't want criminals — cyber or otherwise — to rob you blind, according to Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

    The folks at Insure.com also say that ill-advised Facebook postings increasingly can get your insurance cancelled or cause you to pay dramatically more for everything from auto to life insurance coverage. By now almost everybody knows that those drunken party photos could cost you a job, too.
    [See 7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook]
    You can certainly enjoy networking and sharing photos, but you should know that sharing some information puts you at risk. What should you never say on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site?

    Your Birth Date and Place
    Sure, you can say what day you were born, but if you provide the year and where you were born too, you've just given identity thieves a key to stealing your financial life, said Givens. A study done by Carnegie Mellon showed that a date and place of birth could be used to predict most — and sometimes all — of the numbers in your Social Security number, she said.

    Vacation Plans
    There may be a better way to say "Rob me, please" than posting something along the lines of: "Count-down to Maui! Two days and Ritz Carlton, here we come!" on Twitter. But it's hard to think of one. Post the photos on Facebook when you return, if you like. But don't invite criminals in by telling them specifically when you'll be gone.
    [See Burglars Picked Houses Based on Facebook Updates]

    Home Address
    Do I have to elaborate? A study recently released by the Ponemon Institute found that users of Social Media sites were at greater risk of physical and identity theft because of the information they were sharing. Some 40% listed their home address on the sites; 65% didn't even attempt to block out strangers with privacy settings. And 60% said they weren't confident that their "friends" were really just people they know.

    You may hate your job; lie on your taxes; or be a recreational user of illicit drugs, but this is no place to confess. Employers commonly peruse social networking sites to determine who to hire — and, sometimes, who to fire. Need proof? In just the past few weeks, an emergency dispatcher was fired in Wisconsin for revealing drug use; a waitress got canned for complaining about customers and the Pittsburgh Pirate's mascot was dumped for bashing the team on Facebook. One study done last year estimated that 8% of companies fired someone for "misuse" of social media.

    Password Clues
    If you've got online accounts, you've probably answered a dozen different security questions, telling your bank or brokerage firm your Mom's maiden name; the church you were married in; or the name of your favorite song. Got that same stuff on the information page of your Facebook profile? You're giving crooks an easy way to guess your passwords.

    Risky Behaviors
    You take your classic Camaro out for street racing, soar above the hills in a hang glider, or smoke like a chimney? Insurers are increasingly turning to the web to figure out whether their applicants and customers are putting their lives or property at risk, according to Insure.com. So far, there's no efficient way to collect the data, so cancellations and rate hikes are rare. But the technology is fast evolving, according to a paper written by Celent, a financial services research and consulting firm.

    Source: 6-things-you-should-never-reveal-on-facebook: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance
  2. pmwasyoke

    pmwasyoke JF-Expert Member

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    This is very valuable information. Thanks.
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    Natamani FB users wangeipata hii
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    vipi kuhusu JF!
  5. Shagihilu

    Shagihilu Member

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    Mzizi Mkavu asante kwa hii taarifa nzuri.

    By the way, vitu hivi 6 baadhi yake na mazingira tunayoishi ya kitanzania unaweza ukaona kuna utofauti mkubwa sana.

    Mfano, watz wengine hatuna address za kumsaidia mtu kukufikia ulipo! nadhani asilimia zaidi ya 95 ya watz address zetu ni 'static'. Mtu atakwambia address yangu ni box no. 12320, dsm, basi! wenzetu address zao ninaenda mbali zaidi ya hapa na nadhani pia ni kwa sababu wao kila kitu cha mtu kiko kwenye electronic system kwa hiyo taarifa moja ambayo mimi mtz naweza kuiona ndogo kwa wenzetu inamsaidia kufika mbali sana.

    By the way ni article nzuri na hasa tunapokuwa kwenye mazingira ya nchi za wenzetu walioendelea ambao every information of a citizen is in electronic system.

    Namba ya simu ya mkononi inatosha kabisa kumkamatisha mhalifu kwa polisi ktk nchi za wenzetu.
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    Naamini JF hakuna tofauti na majukwaa mengine kama Face book. Hivyo tahadhari zilizotolewa na MziziMkavu ni halali pia kwa JF.
  7. J Rated

    J Rated JF-Expert Member

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    Never reveal your tru identity,...
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    gracious86 JF-Expert Member

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    thanks 4the info!
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    Msolo JF-Expert Member

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    JF is different, kwasababu nothing is real(true) on member's profile, kuanzia jina na place mtu alipo, so it's safe to be HERE.

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    never be yourself,but speak your mind.
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    haa.!!your true identity can be traced via your mobile phone number ,together with your whereabout unless labda pindi unasajili simu ulitumia jina bandia na picha bandia which is possible through corruption
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    Unaweza kutrace vipi, tuelimishane!
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    Sooth JF-Expert Member

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    Waweza kujua uko wilaya/mji au mtaa gani kwakuwa simu yako always inaji-associate na mnara ulio karibu. So cell companies and even UwT wana access na hiyo database. So wanajua uko wapi kwa kuangalia mnara ambao simu yako inatumia na minara yote inajulikana ipo mkoa,wilaya, mj au mtaa gani. Kama unatumia modem za cell companies wanaweza kujua kwa urahisi.

    Kama ni intenet cafe, inakuwa ngumu kidogo maana kuna watu wengi wanatumia kompyuta 1 kwa nyakati tofauti. Hata net wanaweza wakakutrace kwa kushirkiana na cafe owner na ISP. Mara nyingi watu wanaoenda cafe wanapenda kukaa kompyuta ileile au wanaenda muda uleule au cafe ileile na mara nyingi wanafungua website zile zile. Kwahiyo mpaka kukupata lazima waku-profile.
  14. Cestus

    Cestus JF-Expert Member

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    mkuu kama ushafanya experiment hv!!!yan kama vle unanijua,huwa napenda kutumia computer 2 tu cafe nlozoea!fact ulizotoa ni kwel kabisa.
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    Magogwajr JF-Expert Member

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    msisahau kuwa wakati mnajisajili jf na majina yenu ya uongo mliweka link ya email. Hapo pia wanaweza waka trace information nyingi sana labda kama mliweka email ya uongo tena na unaitumia kwa jf tu.
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    huku kwetu safi kabisa. Unaitwa Suleiman Mwankenja JF unajiita Rooney
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    kweli kabisa. Before cjawa na modem ilikua nikienda cafe nakaa mahali hapohapo daily.
  18. Nicky82

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    Hii inanikumbusha story ya mfanyakazi mmoja aliandaa word document ya kumchana bosi wake akitumia computer ya ofisi aliyo-log on kwa jina lake, alisave kwny flash akaenda nayo intrnet cafe. Akaandika email kwa kwa kutumia fake ID akaituma kwa wafanyakazi wenzake wenzake na bosi wake akiwemo akaatach na ile document yake....kitu ambacho alisahau ni kuwa unapoandaa document huwa inaonyesha Author yule aliyeiandaa na lini...so kwa sabb alitumia computer za ofisi ile document ilikuwa na credentials zake..so mnaweza kugess what followed!!!!
    Watch out guys, huu ulimwengu tuliopo hujifichi...hasa kama unatumia modem ndo kama uko uchi kabisaa, watu wakikutafuta hawakukosi!!