Do You Use Facebook Check-Ins And What Are The Risks?

When it comes to social networking and in particular Facebook we have written a few posts about the dangers of malware and what’s been spreading throughout the network. We also reported on what to do if you get infected as well as what Facebook are doing to counteract the number of different things we are seeing.

That being said there are a number of different functions within Facebook that are used for different things, one of them in particular we wanted to talk to you about today. Do you use Facebook check-ins and what are the risks of using them? Facebook check-ins is a fairly new concept and was launched as a competitor to the likes of Foursquare who are the current kings of the geo-location tools.

We have recently reported on how Facebook events will include check-ins for iPhone users as well as the possibility of Facebook’s check-ins becoming intertwined with their new deals which will also rival Groupon. But for those of you with a number of friends on Facebook that you perhaps don’t know so well, by checking-in to different places are you putting yourself at risk.

One of the things about checking into different locations is it will appear in your friends news feeds and for prying eyes they might realize that your home is empty. This is one of the reasons why I personally don’t use the geo-location functionality; you are potentially leaving yourself exposed. Also if you haven’t updated your security settings and your profile is open to the world, while you may be happily checking into various locations there could be anyone looking at your profile and seeing on your wall where you are.

Are you reluctant to use Facebook Check-ins? Have you considered that you may be leaving yourself at risk? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below.