Identity Theft Issues and Social Networking Sites
Social bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us and Digg.com, which include user-created Internet bookmarking lists (and other applications), are gaining popularity. The same goes for identity theft among social bookmarking users.
What happens is that people are rushing to sign up for social bookmarking sites. They register and start filling out their profiles without thinking, sharing a lot of personal information such as their date of birth, their full name and contact details / location (email, phone number, personal photos) and more. However, users generally do not use the privacy settings offered by the sites, as they should.
In addition, users of social networking sites also post information about when they leave the city and go on vacation to forums, blogs and chats. Other information that must remain confidential is also often shared, such as banks used online, sites with baskets, etc.
The results are identity theft, online and offline. Offline, thieves discover when people are not at home and break in to steal things: information, valuables, and so on. Online, thieves break in and steal using personal information to access accounts and use their identities for personal and financial gain.
Security tips for social networks
Stay safe with social networking sites using these helpful tips:
1) Use the privacy settings of the site and share only the information in your profile with your family and trusted friends.
2) Look what you are doing online, regardless of the privacy settings. A thief can take your digital photo and all other information and use your identity. Do not give them all these ammo. Download a favorite animal or flower, for example, instead of your face. Indicate the nearest big city instead of the small town where you live. Use a nickname, maiden name, or other identity list.
3) Do not discuss problems outside the city online. Period. Nobody needs to know when you go on vacation or even on a business trip. Tell the trips AFTER your return. And do not ask others about their projects, do not encourage them to publish their personal information.
4) Alert family members, friends and others about these safety issues to help others stay safe as well.
5) If a social network site does not seem secure or if you can not determine the privacy settings, do not use it. Go somewhere safe.