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5 details Facebook asks for that you shouldn't give

5 details Facebook asks for that you shouldn't give
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To Facebook, your personal information is everything. The more the site has on you, the more money it can make from advertisers who want to target you. Unfortunately, there are some things you shouldn't share online.

These little factoids alone might be all right, but added up together could lead to identity theft, being stalked or other major trouble. Here's what you shouldn't share and how to keep your information safe when you don't have a choice.

1. Your home address

Almost any person trying to rob your house can take advantage of knowing your home address. Post a photo from vacation or a live event and burglars instantly know an address that's unoccupied. Be sure that none of that information is visible on your Facebook profile.

Go to your Facebook account and click your name at the top next to the search bar to load your profile. Then click the Update Info button and then, the "Contact and Basic Info" section to remove your address.

One other place you might not think about your address appearing is under events. If you create an event, it will likely have your address so people know where to go. If that accidentally gets set to Public, then anyone can see it. Or your friends might invite their friends, which lets them see your address as well.

Either delete the event right after it happens, or ask people attending to message you directly for the address.

Be sure to check back through your history to get rid of any old events or posts that have your address in them. Click here to learn how to use Facebook's built-in tools to make browsing past posting history easier.

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