Here is an article from http://www.consumerreports.org but more importantly is we need to reduce facebooking BUT encourage more BOOKFACING especially among our young ones …
Using a weak password
Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word “houses”: hO27usEs!
Leaving your full birth date in your profile
It’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you’ve already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.
Overlooking useful privacy controls
For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don’t want anyone to have access to that information anyway.
Posting your child’s name in a caption
Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.
Mentioning that you’ll be away from home
That’s like putting a “no one’s home” sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.
Letting search engines find you
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook’s privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn’t checked.
Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. “What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious,” says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment “Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes” every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents’ regular comings and goings.
All these do not come quietly. Along with it, were thunders, storms, lightnings and blackouts.
About a month ago, it began ... as very scary continuous lightning strikes that appeared like a huge kind of fire work. It did not come singly one after another but... striking aggressively from the sky...followed by scary, loud and prolonged thunderstorms...
Suddenly, Harith was awaken from his deep afternoon sleep and hastily he climbed down from my bed and said " I want to pray, I want to pray, I want to pray!!!!"
I was just getting ready for my afternoon prayer when that had happened. I had found one small prayer mat and put besides me. He sat on it quietly still, motionless (honest) and patiently waited till my prayer was over. I watched him in amusement...
this little story is one of the excuses for me not able to get into the net... frequent thunders disrupt my wireless gadget and this is a lightning prone area. NOW I really have to be off. another thunderstorm is coming and it's giving signals of another torrential fall.
This is the second time Harith is trying to wear "kain pelikat /sarong" that normally Muslim Men wear when praying or while resting at home. I guess he is not too comfortable here in case the "kain pelikat" slips off. Apparently uncle Fiz has chosen one of his own kain pelikat, folding it into two and got it fixed on Harith... No wonder he looks so worried...
then it all started.... this is Uncle Fiz's study table
"First, lemme get comfortable". Climbing hastily onto this chair that was extra-cushioned with a pillow to support his back.
" NOW, lets have a look... I could now see the screen. Ow! On my right, wow, how and where to begin? Look at those wires, intertwined and ...oh MY!". Glancing at the gadgets that are housed in the unclosed CPU.
As he sighs in relief ...he knows that he need not touch those unfriendly thingy. He is familiar with them though and sort-of-knows that he was not to touch them.
"Now, I shall show you how to... See! It's so simple. Just tap on the tab... and voala!"
(Still worrying about his kain pelikat)
"CHARGINTON(Chuggington)!!!!!!!!!!! Has come right on! See, I told you it was easy... just tap the tab. But first, wait patiently for the internet to come on, then wait for it to download''.
(Harith remembers these words so well especially when he is facing U-Tube)...
Look at his left hand... more relax now as Yellow Chuggington appears.
"I am now so satisfied that my lecture is well understood and Chuggington Train comes alive! You think I have done well today? Till then folks, ta tara for now".
"I guess I shall be needing my milk, now! I am already hungry. Honestly, it was real hard work".
ooooooooo I must be rushing off... there's the sound of not so good weather coming... thunders and all... cheers all!
See how time flies away I never did realize it, really? Time never waits, indeed never! That I very well knew Moments like these were so fleeting Thoughts were harbored To share or not to share? Pictures were safely kept Hundreds of them But I just never knew where to begin How to begin When and why? They passed yet unnoticed...slipped off Since my last post...in March Things have been happening Many many of them And they were simply there Safely locked in my memory bank It is NOW like an overlooked "homework" I miss all my blogger friends I could see bloggers dropping by Only that, some have never left a single word They eventually crept away silently Countless excuses I have faced Shall I blame the internet speed? Which was extremely slow at times Shall I blame the stormy weather Catching me blogging at the wrong time? OR Shall I blame this little mind Which is so congested with facts, stories, tales and thoughts?