Of course it is, who am I kidding?
Since the fall of Myspace, Facebook has been a solid fixture in our society.
More recently, however, thanks to its dicey role in scandals (elections or otherwise), Facebook’s user numbers have been on the decline.
But perhaps you’re still on Facebook?
If so, you may be endangering your cybersecurity by oversharing personal information.
Don’t tell me you’ve never over-shared, we all do it.
And to be fair, it’s not only Facebook that’s a risk for our personally identifiable information (PII). We overshare on Twitter, Instagram, and any social media.
So why am I hyper focusing on Facebook?
It’s because of all those “newly added features” they seem to roll out every year or so.
So below you’ll find examples of Facebook “features” that are making your Personally Identifiable information (PII) easily available on Facebook.
Remember that old photo captioned, “My first car! Thanks mom and dad!”
It easily gives away the make and model of your first vehicle.
Even if it isn’t so obviously captioned as your “first car”, any car photos in which you’re sitting behind the wheel looking young are safe bets for a first vehicle’s make and model.
But wait – there’s more.
Your “throwback Thursday” photos may also give away details of your first address or childhood pet.
If you use the “family” feature to link to family members, you are more than likely giving away your mother’s maiden name as well as your father’s middle name.
The timeline function can give away where you met your spouse, when you got your first job, your children’s birthdates, and all sorts of PII.
Granted, not everyone tags their pets or homes, but if you do… you’re at an even greater risk.
Your pet photos can give away your dog’s first name, which is sometimes a security question.
And tagging yourself at home makes your home address public.
So, do I have you feeling a little paranoid?
Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, so take some time to go back and clean our your old Facebook images and info, you’ll be glad you did.
If you found this post helpful, please be sure to share it with your loved ones and acquaintances alike. Online security benefits us all, and will only become more critical as technology’s presence grows in our community.
Get informed. Stay safe.