Invading one’s privacy is never the right thing whichever way you look at it. As most of us are now well-aware, Facebook and other social networking sites show a serious risk to our privacy on the web. That’s why there are things you should delete from your profile on the Internet.
If the Cambridge Analytica scandal — where 87 million Facebook users from around the world had their data acquired — has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t (and shouldn’t) give social media sites the trust to keep our private information, well, private.
Therefore, if you’re still want to use your Facebook account despite the fallout, you should consider removing the following pieces of information from your profile.
1. You Should Delete Your Birthday Details
Having access to your birthday only makes it easier for hackers to reach your details and even your bank account information.
2. Phone Number
Do you want all the people looking at your profile to have access to your phone number? If not, then you better remove it now!
3. You Should Delete Photos of Young Children
“What type of information would children want to see about themselves online at a later date?” Victoria Nash, the acting director of the Oxford Internet Institute, asked this question.
In fact, she has a point. If you think about it, kids may not want their photos shown across various social media pages.
4. What School Your Child Goes To
According to a report by the NSPCC, a large number of sexual offenses on record has alarmingly increased over the past years
“Police recorded 36,429 sexual offenses against children in the UK in 2013/2014,” the report reads. “In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland police recorded the highest number of sexual offenses against children in the past decade.”
To put it simply, don’t make it easier for sex offenders or potential kidnappers to find your children.
5. Location Services
In 2015, TechCrunch reported that quite five hundred million individuals used Facebook alone from their cell phones
The same number could potentially disclose their location to the web, meaning anyone could find out where you are.
6. Your Manager or CEO
Depending on your privacy settings, your boss can see everything you’ve written on your timeline — including those that you’ve spoken ill about your job.
7. Tagging Your Location
Generally, people knowing exactly where you are isn’t always the best idea. Especially when you tag your location at home, you’re basically giving away your address.
8. Vacation Trip Schedule
This could be an invitation to burglars.
According to This Is Money, travelers who have their things and luggages stolen while on vacation is risking not having their insurance claim accepted if they had posted their vacation plans on their social media pages.
9. You Should Delete Your Credit Card Details
Obviously, you would not want to share financial details on social media.
10. You Should Delete Pictures of Your Boarding Pass
The barcode found on your boarding pass could potentially be used to locate personal information you have given to the airline.
The best advice that you could follow is to keep your information privately. If you wouldn’t shout it out to a stranger on the street, you better not do it online.