Facebook has your number
February 25, 2011 4 Comments
Along with your name, age, address and location, you also have the option to post your phone number on Facebook. Like most people I presumed that to find my phone number a user would have to gain access my profile page and then scroll down to the Contact Information section to see it.
Well not any more.
Facebook now has a phone directory of all your friends. Simply click on Account in the top right hand corner of the screen. Then select Edit Friends. Go to the left side of the screen and you will see Phone Book. Select it and a list of all your friends with their phone numbers will appear.
I personally do not post my phone number anywhere on the web. If someone wants to contact me they can use the sites contact option or email me if my email available.
I do not have evidence of this happening but with a list of phone numbers available like this it would be ease for phone scammers and telemarketer to get ahold of your information. Also criminals trying to steal your personal information.
All they would have to do is create a fake profile and then friend as many people as possible. The simple fact is the more personal information you provide online the easier it will be for your identity to be stolen.
If you use Facebook with your business or job I would only post your work number. Give your personal number to people you trust.
To remove your number from the phone book just edit your contact information and delete your phone number.