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Checking In On Facebook Can Be Dangerous!
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Checking In on Facebook Can Be Dangerous!

Facebook is a social networking site that is very popular amongst teens and adults. Why is Facebook so popular? The site allows you to stay connected with friends and family. You can build your own webpage, join online groups, discuss your political views, post and view pictures and even meet new people. Facebook is even great for keeping up with current events.

Facebook can also give you a false sense of privacy and a feeling of anonymity that can make you vulnerable. The site allows you to set your own privacy settings. For some this is not an easy task. If you are not paying attention it is easy to "overlook" some of the settings that keep strangers from viewing your profile and pictures.

Facebook also has a location-based application that allows you to “check in” at your current location. When this feature first appeared on Facebook I used it quite frequently. This is an application for mobile devices. One night I “checked in” at home. Within a few hours I received a call from one of my close friends. She let me know that by “checking in” on Facebook I had just given my 300+ Facebook friend’s directions to my home.

I was surprised I had not realized this was possible. I went back through my Facebook page and deleted all of my “check ins”. I was afraid I had put my family in danger. I thought I was being careful by periodically checking my privacy settings but I was not aware this new application would allow someone to GPS directions to my house.

I still continue to “check in” on Facebook. Today I make sure I do it when I am in public. Even then I have to be careful. I do not “check in” at the same places every week or during the same times each day. I do not want to make it easy to be stalked or for my home to be burglarized. I am careful about whom I “friend” on Facebook but I am friends with people I have not seen in 20+ years.

Please share this information with your friends and family. Online predators are real and the Internet can make all of us easy targets. I want to do what I can to make sure my family and friends are safe. It is easy in this day and age to make mistakes when we are online or using new technology.


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Simon K  

Great article Stacey its good to provide helpful information for people who aren't aware of these things. Awesome!

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  about 2 years ago
Barbara9  

as a newbie to facebook. thanks for the alert

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  about 2 years ago

A bit intimidating. I had noticed how much Facebook seemed to "know" about me. Thanks.

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  about 2 years ago

I know and every time I download a game on my iPhone it wants to log me in using Facebook and then post updates when I am not on Facebook :(

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  about 2 years ago

I usually accept login using Facebook because it is easier. I thought it was a beneift - not a risk.

  
  about 2 years ago

Thanks for the much-needed tips, Stacy. There was a lot I didn't know. Good article.

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  about 2 years ago

Thank you Georgia!

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks for the heads up!

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  about 2 years ago

Thank you for reading!

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  about 2 years ago

Very relevant article. How easily we live with the "it won't happen to me" mentality. I'm very careful about who I join to my FB and which applications I allow access. It's not fool proof but hope it all helps.

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  about 2 years ago

I am too! I actually didn't realize how dangerous the Internet could be until I started writing about it. I am not looking forward to my daughter getting older.

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  about 2 years ago
C4rmen  

Common sense and thinking before doing goes along way, cheers.

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  about 2 years ago

Agreed!

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks for an informative article

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  about 2 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to read my article!

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  about 2 years ago

very good advice Stacy, I was not aware of this.

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  about 2 years ago

Thank you Shawn :)

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  about 2 years ago

Excellent article Stacy! Safety everywhere, the may reason I write articles.

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  about 2 years ago

Me too! Thank you.

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  about 2 years ago
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