A Senior's Guide to Using Facebook Safely

Hasn’t Facebook brought a change in how we find or rediscover and connect with friends? You could be anywhere in the world and stay linked with people and express yourself freely - sharing news, views, photos, videos and more. You do need to maintain caution though. 

Facebook icons

Why? With millions of 55+ users powering Facebook globally, imagine the mountains of personal data that’s being generated in the platform every minute – something that could be misused, if it falls in the wrong hands. 

Here’s how you could make the most of Facebook while maintaining your privacy.

First things first Do not share your Facebook password with anyone. And don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. 

Choose who you want to share your information with Set Facebook privacy controls from the Facebook login page – go with "Public," "Friend," or "Custom" from the menu, depending on your preference. Click this link for more information.

Senior using tablet

Safeguard yourself against fraud or identity theft Never tell anyone:

  • Where you live

  • The dates of your next vacation

  • Anything else that might attract criminals, there could be some lurching around just waiting for an opportunity. 

You don’t “have to” be social with everybody If someone makes you uncomfortable, remember that you can "unfriend" them. Learn more here.

Beware of phishing scams Phishing is when criminals try to steal your credit card information or other relevant data. This is done through links that they know you like to click on. Techniques range from loading free downloads with malware to posting links to articles on unsafe websites that ask for personal information, so be careful what you click.

Don't fall for scams while using social media

Don’t fall for celebrity clickbait See those ads on Facebook asking you to click if you want a glimpse of an irresistible celebrity video, or offering a freebie like a popular song download? Well, once you do click you are asked for your credit card info – so not clicking there is a better bet.      

Broadcast with care Real-time videos on Facebook Live are immediately published on your newsfeed and are available to all your ‘Facebook’ friends and possibly a few of their connections. Do not use Facebook Live if you do not want to share this information with (potentially) the entire world. 

Read more

Why Seniors Should Learn About Internet

How Technology Can Add Convenience To The Life Of Senior Citizens