Social media is a great outlet to engage with family and friends, but are you sharing too much in the process? Identity theft can occur with only a few key pieces of your personal information. And now, courtesy of social media profiles, that information is easier than ever to steal. For example, an average Facebook profile lists a person’s name, date of birth, and hometown. So already you have provided a thief with crucial information they need to steal your identity.
The most effective way to protect yourself from identity theft is to make your social profile private. As well, consider the information your putting on your site. Does your friend of a friend really need to know your home address? Probably not. The more personal details you withhold, the safer you will be.
Check out NextAdvisor’s infographic below that presents some alarming statistics about identity theft on social media sites.
To read the full article, visit http://www.nextadvisor.com/blog/2013/04/02/are-we-revealing-too-much-about-ourselves-on-social-media.
DSEF and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) foster honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers—instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.
About the Better Business Bureaus
As the leader in advancing marketplace trust, Better Business Bureau is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 87 million consumers rely on BBB Business Reviews® and BBB Wise Giving Reports® to help them find trustworthy businesses and charities across North America. Visit www.bbb.org/us for more information.