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How private is your facebook page?

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When was the last time you checked your privacy settings on your facebook page? It may not be as secure as you thought.

It seems innocent. Facebook pages are a place to look at baby pictures and vacation get-aways. But without realizing it, your innocent photos and information, could be getting in the wrong hands.

"There were 72,000 sex offenders that had profiles on facebook," said Jim Hood, the Attorney General from Mississippi. "Perverts are patrolling these sites."

Over the past several months, facebook has made numerous changes to its privacy settings. Changes, you might not be caught up with.

Consumer Reports has been tracking the changes and suggests the following precautions:

  • Don't ignore privacy controls to limit access to your site.
  • Don't use easy passwords.

Those are pretty obvious, but what about this- Have you opted out of instant personalization? And is your page set up to prevent search engines from finding you?

Here are a few other easy ways to make your page a more safe.

  • Don't publish your birth year, it might make it easier for someone to determine your social security number.
  • Don't share your children's names, or leave children unsupervised on facebook.

They are small steps now that could protect you in the future.

"The crooks are using the internet," said Cook. "They're patrolling it like sharks in the water."

To see the 7 things Consumer Reports suggest that you don't do on facebook, click here.

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