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Seven Things to Stop Doing On Facebook Now

A recent survey by Consumers Reports shows that social networks such as Facebook and MySpace are currently used by two out of three U.S. households...
May 18, 2010

A recent survey by Consumers Reports shows that social networks such as Facebook and MySpace are currently used by two out of three U.S. households with Internet connections, nearly twice as many as last year.  The Consumer Reports National Research Center (CRNRC) conducted a survey of 2,000 online households in January and found that 9 percent of social network users experienced some problem, such as malware infections, scams, identity theft or harassment.

The survey also showed that many social network users fail to exercise caution about potential identify theft, with 40 percent having disclosed their birth dates.  Twenty-five percent of Facebook users said that they were unaware of or failed to use the privacy controls provided by the service.

Also included are seven activities that Facebook users are advised to stop doing. There are:

  • Using a weak password
  • Leaving your full birth date in your profile
  • Overlooking useful privacy controls
  • Posting your child's name in a caption
  • Mentioning that you'll be away from home
  • Letting search engines find you
  • Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised

7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook (Consumer Reports June 2010)

Social Insecurity (Consumer Reports June 2010)