Part 4 Dangerous Fan Pages
Time for me to scare away your fan pages. No, hopefully not but there are a few things to consider and certain fan pages to stay away from.
Apartment or Housing Association Fan Pages
Are these necessary? Do you want people to know where you live? Becoming a fan of your apartment complex is a pretty clear sign that you live there.
Common Security Questions
Let’s take a look at some common security questions to see how they relate to fan pages. These are questions used to protect accounts and reset passwords for all types of things like email, rewards accounts, banks, credit cards, health and car insurance, etc
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite team?
- What is your favorite tv program?
- What is the color of your father’s eyes?
- In what city were you born?
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your work address?
- What is the name of the high school you graduated from?
- To what city did you go on your honeymoon?
- Where did you vacation last year?
Ok…that’s enough of those. Those were just a sample of 10 common questions that are commonly asked. Let’s say your favorite team is the New York Giants and you have become a fan of them. You might have given away the answers to questions 1 and 2. Maybe not. but maybe.
You’ve become a fan of “The Office” on your Facebook account…do you also list that as your favorite tv program? Is your father’s pic on your Facebook account..showing his eyes? Is your high school listed on there and were you also born in that city? Are you a fan of the place you vacationed last year or went on your honeymoon?
Yes, I know this may be reaching some but just wanted everyone to be aware of this information. Think about these things when you setup your security questions…whatever it is, don’t use it in your Facebook account. Don’t refer to it at all. The more information you make available the easier it is for someone to guess your password or security question answers.
Becoming a Fan reveals yourself to other Fans
You’ve just become a fan of your favorite bar in town. Now you are getting friend requests from people who have seen you at that bar and are also fans of that bar, which is how they found you. That’s great if you want to become Facebook friends with everyone from the bar…but obviously very dangerous because you don’t know any of those people. Fan pages are great for businesses but very revealing to individuals on a lot of levels.
Don’t accept friend requests from people just because you are both fans of things. You don’t know them…don’t become their friend. Don’t become fans of things that could be considered controversial if you are looking for or will ever be looking for a job. Recruiters may use this information to remove you from consideration or it can be used against you by a current or future co-worker. Also, becoming a fan of political views reveals a lot about your personal beliefs. This may or may not be something you really want to reveal.
Becoming a Fan of a Venue
I’ve started seeing more and more of these occurring. Big concert venues are using Facebook to promote their concerts which is a great marketing strategy. The problem is when you post on that page or confirm that you will attend that event. If you post on that walls page, you just introduced yourself to thousands of people who you don’t know. If you confirm that you will attend a concert on Dec 1st…you just confirmed that you will be out of the house that night.
There’s no reason to confirm on a Facebook page that you will be attending an event. Why are you doing it? Do not post something on that venue page’s wall either. It’s one thing to post on a message board of your favorite band. You create a user name and that’s it. It’s not directly linked to the actual you…doing it on Facebook links to the real you. See the difference? That fan page is not a message board and don’t use it as one. If you want to find out about events at a venue..sign up for their email list. Why do you need to do it on Facebook?
There are plenty of things to think about before you sign up as a fan of something. Think about what security answers you have out there and whether this fan page reveals that information. Think about what type of people may also be fans. What are the chances that a criminal is also a fan of the bar, the concert, or the restaurant that you just became a fan of?
You just introduced yourself to them and they may be waiting to see who divulges more information through wall postings and event confirmations. And what about the guy who approaches you at the bar on Saturday night and says he remembers seeing you on the fan page…Sunday afternoon you get a friend request from him on Facebook. Who is he? What do you know about him? If you become his friend..did you just reveal your address and when you would be out of the house and attending a function at that bar?