Identity Theft and Facebook: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before PostingAnna Newell Jones
There’s no doubt that posting and sharing information on your Facebook page is a great way to keep friends and family up to date on your life. I love keeping up with out-of-state family and friends through Facebook. But outside of your circle of friends, what you’re sharing on Facebook could put your financial and personal life at risk. Identity thieves are a very crafty lot and can use the information you are providing for their own good.
Things that you think are seemingly innocent can be used for evil and can potentially ruin your financial situation.
Identity Theft and Facebook: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting 1 of 8
Wha’s Your Privacy Like? 2 of 8
When was the last time you look at your privacy settings for your Facebook page? As the platform continues to change, you need to keep changing with it. Make sure you review your privacy settings so that only people you know can see your information rather than allowing it to go public.
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Do You Know the Rules? 3 of 8
Facebook offers its own privacy rules and regulations about where and how information is shared. You need to understand what Facebook's policies are to ensure information you think is private is actually private.
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Do You Know Your Friends? 4 of 8
When you accept a friend request, make sure you actually know who the person is. Some people will accept anyone as soon as they get a request, happy their friend list is growing. But there are people that solicit friends just to get a good look at your personal information.
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What Stats Have You Posted? 5 of 8
Facebook offers convenient fill in the blank opportunities to share more information about yourself such as where you live, your maiden name, your birthday, and current/previous employer information. All of this information can be used to steal your identity.
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What Are Your Photos Showing Up? 6 of 8
When posting personal photos, really look them over beforehand. Sometimes what appears in seemingly harmless photos can be a concern. Make sure you don't show your home address and other details people could use for malicious purposes.
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What Are Your Kids Saying? 7 of 8
It's wise to keep tabs on what your kids are doing on social media to begin with, but make sure they aren't telling people things that can compromise your personal security or your finances. Kids don't often realize when people are phishing for information and are happy to provide answers to questions asked.
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Are You Accidentally Posting the Wrong Information? 8 of 8
Due to the connectivity and compatibility of technology, be careful to have settings activated that prevent you from accidentally posting important details to your social media pages. There have been many examples of technology fails where people thought they were sending private texts or emails and inadvertently released private information on Facebook.
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