5 Things You Should Never Post On Facebook

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Facebook has become the great connector.

“I do like Facebook because it allows me to stay connected with my family and friends out of state,” Crystal White of Bellevue said.

If only it would stop there, but there are so many others out there watching.

“Not only fraudsters and you know criminals such as those that might rob your house but you have child predators,” Michael Heiler with the FBI said.

So, vigilance is not an option.

“You might protect it from the general public, but someone else might be linked into their page and it not be protected,” Heiler said.

Therefore, there are some things you never want to put out there in the social networking world.

No. 1: Your Birth Date

Date of birth can be used in obtaining credit and running up a lot of bad debt in your name and it can happen even if you just put the date and not the year. For instance, one poster just put the date, but lists the high school and college graduation years, leaving the actual birth date to a matter of math. Another person’s birth date was given away by a greeting from a friend.

No. 2: Your Child’s Birth Date

That can also be used for obtaining credit, only it’s worse because while your child is rolling through the school years, it’s not likely anyone would check their name for a credit report.

“They go to get their first credit card, they can’t. They got to get their first ob, they go to get into school or whatever and that bad credit history is already there,” Heiler said.

No. 3: Travel Plans

Putting your travel plans online lets the world know you’re not home.

“And you leave and your house gets robbed because you’ve just told the entire world including criminals in your neighborhood that live around your area that you’re not going to be at your house,” Heiler pointed out.

No. 4: Your Address

Never put your address on Facebook. You might as well put a sign in the front yard: “Robbers and pedophiles welcome.”

“You tell them where you live, you tell them you’re away, they might even show up especially if you’re dealing with your child – you have your children’s pictures on it,” Heiler said.

No. 5: Your Mother’s Maiden Name

It’s commonly used in getting credit and it’s almost like a password to your financial life.

Make sure you set your Facebook protections to be as protective as possible and if your Facebook password is the same you use for your bank or financial institution, change it. It’s a short leap from captured information to emptying your bank accounts. You don’t want to make it easier by using the same password.

  • Emily

    The only thing I never thought about as bad from this list was my birthday. I just never considered that. It’s off now! Thanks for the article.

  • Cheryl

    If a mom is listed with her maiden and married last name, and her kids are also on Facebook, then the crooks easily have the kids’ mother’s maiden name. Okay, taking THAT off now…..

  • Geno

    Dear Dumb: A lot of folks do put # 1 (birth date) on Facebook. It is not all that uncommon.

  • jason

    just close your facebook account.i only attracts friendamys (trouble).i call it snitchbook lol not to metion anyone can copy your picture and past to thier computer to do anything.

  • Ronald C Krause Jr

    Numer one idea of things not to use/not to post on facebook would be: do not use facebook places; unless using security settings. But even with security ettings – are you absolutely sure that you would want most or all of your friends to know exactly where you are at a given time. Also consider that without having the setting correct; not only is someone broadcasting it over facebook, but also over the entire internet.

    • That Guy

      True, but you can even secure your wall from people seeing it.


      But since you are a “Certified Grey Hat since 1997” I am sure you knew that. By the way, how does one become a “certified” grey hat?

      p.s. I hope you’re better from your surgery.

  • Fenix1186

    If you have your profile as only viewable by “Friends Only” you can put anything you want on your profile. Like it was meant to be.

  • ignorant

    What’s a facebook?

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