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Facebook Hacking Is On the Rise

Do You Keep Personal Contact Info on Your Facebook Page?

According to recent reports, the number of Facebook hacks is up — meaning your page and all the information it contains could be at risk. The most recent stories describe hacks on accounts that then use status updates, chat, and messaging to ask friends for money. Even Facebook is concerned; they recently added a blog post on the topic, pointing users to their security page, which includes directions on what to do if your account information becomes compromised.

I consider myself lucky that this hasn't happened to me yet, but I'm slightly concerned about all of the personal info stored on my profile page — namely my address and phone number. I like that my friends can easily find my contact information, and obviously only they can see it, but all of these security horror stories have me thinking that maybe I should delete it.

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weffie weffie 7 years
I have my mobile # on it but I don't add anyone that I wouldn't give my number to anyway.
BuffBabe6108 BuffBabe6108 7 years
The biggest concern (and point that everyone needs to pay attention to) is that you can control just WHO sees your information on your Facebook page. I keep all personal info to JUST my friends, down to my pictures. Friends of friends can only see as much as the general public who doesn't know me. Also to Roaring Silence (as of right now) as long as your information on Facebook is private, Google cannot index it and it cannot become public unless someone else chooses to publish your information. So as long as you are safe and control who your friends are, your information will remain private. I have my cell phone, aim, email etc all listed and available to my friends, and it has come in handy at times. A few years ago a close friend died and I became a point of communication to others. Having my contact information available to my friends kept the communication fairly private as people weren't writing on my wall or twittering to me etc and it just seemed people were a bit more respectful since they were dealing with me personally. That is the reason that I have kept it all out there to this day so that people always have that form of communication open and available.
caroline_1 caroline_1 7 years
I've had facebook since day one, literally. My page is still only visible to only my friends, and I don't use (or allow page access to) any applications.. because they're annoying as anything and are loopholes to personal information but anywho.. I have my AIM and Skype on there, but my emails are hidden.. anyone who needs to have my number and address already have it.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
private info shouldn't be on facebook. you can message people and provide private info if you want them to have it.
rach716 rach716 7 years
I don't keep info like that on Facebook. Anyone on there that I care to talk to on the phone already has my number and I would never put my address out there like that.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
It's very hard to delete personal info anywhere, because there internet has so many archiving pages. I think most people still keep address books somewhere, and don't go to facebook every time they need an address or number. And if in fact they do lose any info, they can message me and I'll tell them. I check my facebook more than my phone anyway :p
trinalina trinalina 7 years
I only have my google voice number up because I have better control over who calls
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 7 years
Ever since high school, I've been very protective of who has my real AIM screen name and my cell phone number, and I stil am. It amazes me how many people can put their info on facebook then complain that people are contacting them. sorry DUH
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Oh, and my profile is open only to my friends.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I used to have my cellphone number on my facebook, but then I decided that I wanted more control over who could get a hold of it and took it off. If people want to get in touch with me they can send me a message on facebook, AIM or to my e-mail, all of which are on my page.
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