Is Your Facebook Profile Attracting ID Thieves?

Do you have a Facebook account?  According to the Facebook Press, there is an estimated  350 Million people log into Facebook every month!  And 175 Million login DAILY!


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Although Social Networking Websites like Facebook are primarily used to get in touch with friends, relatives, and other personal contacts, did you know that the information you provide on your profile could be attracting Identity Thieves?

A recent news story from CNN reports that, “the US State Department ‘ “was concerned about recent reports that Tunisian ISP providers, at the direction of the government, hacked into the accounts of Tunisian users of American companies including Facebook, and providers of email such as Yahoo and Google, and stealing passwords.”

Indeed, most people on Facebook give away their basic information on their profile such as birth date, birthplace, schools attended, affiliations and other similar details which are typically used as challenge questions in obtaining a lost password in your personal email account, online stores, and bank websites.

In fact, even trivial details such as your favorite color, what you eat, the name of your dog, could increase the risk of falling victim to identity theft. Despite the public alerts and the privacy features on Social Networking Websites, ID thieves find many ways to steal personal information and use them to commit crimes and burglary.

TMI???

Are you disclosing too much information about yourself?  A lot of FB users post daily happenings on their walls such as going to a week-long trip or visiting a friend. If you think about it, you are shouting out to all potential burglars that your house is going to be empty in the coming days or that no one would be home by this or that hour.  Such wall posts can actually help burglars to plan out the crime that they want to do.

True, you may not be giving away your Social Security Number or Driver’s License Number but identity thieves can collect even small pieces of information and put them together to make a clearer picture.  ID thieves can become familiar with your daily routine.  Don’t make it easy for stalkers to know your activities or whereabouts.

So the next time you log-in to your Facebook account, see to it that your identity is protected against ID theft.  Do not post your exact birth date, birth place, address and phone number on your profile page. Use privacy controls to restrict access to your pages.

  • Do not post photos that reveal too much about your home.
  • Before accepting a friend, verify that the account is truly owned by someone you know.
  • Watch out for online quizzes that ask too many details about you.  This can be used by ID thieves to collect more information about you.
  • Don’t use geotagging in images you shoot.  Especially if most of the images are taken at your home or favorite spots in your neighborhood.

 

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Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

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