Since 2004 when Facebook was founded by the then Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, it has continued to help connect people to their long lost friends, family and loved ones. The site has affected the social life and activities of people in various ways, reuniting lost family members and friends.
As useful as it is, you face a great risk if you do not protect your account from people with suspicious motives.
Several criminal activities, such as scams, robberies, online bullying, phishing, and many other forms of illegal activities, is increasing and getting more sophisticated. Even crimes such as sexual predation and robberies, are rampant.
The privacy of Facebook users has also been an issue, and the safety of user accounts has been compromised several times. Experts are trying to figure out why these crimes are happening at such a rapid rate. “These types of crimes are designed to use your own actions or weaknesses against you,” Lynette Owens, director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families, said.
Users are advised to learn to be more cautious of what they click on the social network. It is also good to secure all settings and also consider what your friends can show about you. Doing so will reduce the crime rate.