Urgent Facebook Safety Tip that You need to Know Now!!!!!

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Mortgage and Lending with Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

Facebook launched

Facebook Places

Anyone can find out where you are when you are logged in.

It gives the actual address & map location of where you are as you use Facebook!! Make sure your kids know. TO UNDO: go to "Account", "Account Settings", "Notifications", then scroll ...down to "Places" and uncheck the 2 boxes.... Make sure to SAVE changes and re-post this.

THIS IS AS MUCH ABOUT SAFETY AS ABOUT ANYTHING!

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  1. Anna Banana Kruchten 08/30/2010 09:48 PM
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  11. Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified 08/30/2010 10:54 PM
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  13. Todd & Devona - Garrigus Real Estate 08/31/2010 12:55 AM
  14. Ed Silva 08/31/2010 08:30 AM
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David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

This action will do nothing as regards to places. This is to notify you by email if you checked in or someone checked in someplace for you. I left those 2 boxes checked because I want an email if I am checked in someplace so I can act on it. You need to go to applications to change your preferences.

Aug 31, 2010 12:15 PM #54
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David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

To change Places settings, go to Privacy Settings, Customize settings at the bottom. Go to places and set who you want to see your actions. I also disabled my friends placing me somewhere for obvious reasons, that's MY choice. You may feel different but it is your choice. As stated by a few above, FB does not place you anywhere, you do if you want. It's like 4square, it's voluntary. Thanks Larry, for starting the discussion.

Aug 31, 2010 12:36 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Susan (comment #19), it's not about having something to hide, it's about not wanting my home to get robbed while I'm miles away.

Another Rain blogger informed me that he was able to check his friends in to Places without their knowledge or consent.

This is scary stuff isn't it, and it should be opt-IN and not OUT.

Aug 31, 2010 01:07 PM #56
Rainer
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Veronica Swan
ERA Belsito and Associates - Plymouth, MA

Thanks for the tip. I will change the setting as soon as i get home. It's disturbing however that this is even allowed

Aug 31, 2010 01:28 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Just did it. Thanks for posting a very clear "how-to". I would never have found it there on my own.

Aug 31, 2010 02:04 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Tampa Bay, Florida Real Estate

Hi Larry. I'm glad that this is being discussed. It is a serious cause for concern. Perhaps not for Canadians like Susan but for Americans this is VERY intrusive.

Aug 31, 2010 02:11 PM #59
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Tampa Bay, Florida Real Estate

Hi Craig in Comment #53. Yes but there have been serious issues with the government accessing data via Facebook. That is why some of us are concerned.

Aug 31, 2010 02:13 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt
www.genemundt.com - 708.921.6331 - New Lenox, IL
Chicagoland Mortgage Lender - 37 yrs experience

Larry:  Just caught a re-blog of your post, but wanted to let you know that I think was a great tip to pass on to all of us.  Thank you for taking the time and making the effort ...

Gene

Aug 31, 2010 04:30 PM #61
Rainer
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Chris Smith
Tech Savvy Agent - Los Angeles, CA

Please take this post down it is 100% inaccurate and they are even removing valid comments pointing out the inaccuracies.  Notifications are for you not for others.  They are asking if YOU want to be notified when those things occur not if you want them to notify others.  Really should check your facts before posting something with such a scary headline.  If anyone has questions let me know and feel free to check out my resume

Aug 31, 2010 05:47 PM #62
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Chris Smith
Tech Savvy Agent - Los Angeles, CA

I would also argue that this post is not about safety as much is it is about branding for you.  Just keeping it real.

Aug 31, 2010 05:51 PM #63
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Larry...

Allow me to begin by clarifying. This not a rumor. You're automatically checked in because of your zip code. There is also the problem of your FB friends being able to check you in somewhere you shouldn't be.

I wrote about FaceBook Places the day after it launched. I hope everyone is clear on what needs to be done. Your post touches down on Step One. There's more to it than that.

TLW...ROAR!

Aug 31, 2010 06:21 PM #64
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I've got to tell my kids, they sometimes log on with their i-touch.

Aug 31, 2010 07:19 PM #65
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Larry - There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation about this issue. I definitely appreciate the concerns about safety and children. My understanding is that Facebook does not track simply when we log in; there is no automatic tracking.

Places sounds very similar to Foursquare. With both apps, you as the user have to 'check in' in order for your location to be visible. The main difference in Places is that other friends can also check you in. My guess is that Facebook will close this loophole. In the meantime, we all need to do more research on this by reading the Facebook FAQs and reputable online sites like Mashable.

Aug 31, 2010 07:19 PM #66
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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

   Folks - privacy is a valid concern, I'm not diminishing that - this has just been blown out of proportion - if you NEVER click CHECK IN there is NOTHING TO REPORT - if you don't want your location known, simply DO NOT CHECK IN anywhere - you can delete this comment like you did my others but the following is the straight OFFICIAL answer from Facebook here (shown below)- thank you Chris and John for helping to support truth -
You control and own all of the information you contribute to Facebook, including your Places information. You decide how and with whom you share. Your location is never automatically shared: not when you use your mobile device, not when you use the Facebook application and not when you use the Places feature. Your location is only ever shared when you check in to a Place. You have full control over whether and with whom you share your check-ins. 
How can I control whether my friends can check me in to Places?
The first time you use Places, or the first time a friend tries to tag you in to a Place with him or her, you will receive a notification asking you to share your location and allow friends to check you in to Places. 

Aug 31, 2010 08:14 PM #68
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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Larry, I'm here via Al & Peggy Cunningham.  I've heard of this before and after reading some of the comments I'm a little more confused.  I plan to check it out further at FB.  Thanks for bringing this up.

Aug 31, 2010 10:49 PM #69
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Don't know whether this is true or not, but it was too easy to do, not to do it... thanks, I think ;-)

Aug 31, 2010 10:55 PM #70
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent

Larry, Thanks for the notification. I followed your instructions … and saved the changes. Thanks again!

Sep 01, 2010 12:18 AM #71
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David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

What I love about your post is more proof that folks do not even read the comments but blindly add their own thoughts for points or whatever reason..... sad as the best info is often in the comments section!

Sep 01, 2010 07:06 PM #72
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Valuable information Larry, we adjusted our setttings and re-blogged your post!  

Sep 01, 2010 07:51 PM #73
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Chris Sloan
Group 1 Real Estate - Tooele, UT
Tooele Utah Real Estate

Thanks for the timely and valuable info!

Sep 02, 2010 03:34 PM #74
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