People AREN’T always who they say they are!

Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with friends and family. I personally find that it’s a great way to keep in touch with people I wouldn’t ordinarily keep in touch with. But there is a dark and sinsiter side to Facebook and social networking that you must bare in mind – Fakers.

Basically, a faker is a person that assumes an online identity that is not their own and pretends to be that person. The reasons can be a bit of harmless fun or, for more malicious means.

With Facebook it’s easy to set up a fake profile. All you need is an email address, which you can set up for free and with very little effort care of Hotmail, Gmail, etc. Once you have this then you can be whoever you want to be.

Whatever the reason for doing this, you need to adopt a little healthy scepticism when speaking to people you don’t physically meet. Understand that with a little private information someone can gleen lots more information about your life. If you use multiple social networks (Linked In and the like) a lot of information can be obtained with relative ease.

But it’s not just you that can let the cat out of the bag. If your friend posts ‘Have a good weekend at your parents’ for example then all of your friends know that you’ll be awya from home. And if you don’t ‘know’ everyone in your friend list, who has just gotten that nugget of info?

Why annouce to the world you’re going on holiday? Before FB, would you have rung round all your friends and colleagues, past and present to let them know? Well that’s essentially what you’re doing when you post it on FB.

Facebook is a great social tool, but just be careful how you use it and, if you’re going to do something post something, ask yourself whether you want everyone knowing your business?

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