Facebook has doubtlessly stitched us closer as a world, but unfortunately, the tons of personal information posted online leaves you vulnerable to identity thieves. According to a poll from NextAdvisor.com, around 27 percent of respondents said they posted their full name, phone number, email address and date of birth on their Facebook. All of this can be used for identity theft. An additional eight percent said they included their physical address on their Facebook profile. Here’s how to stay safe from identity thieves on Facebook.
Limit Personal Information on Your Facebook Profile
Even to list personal data like your spouse or significant other can be dangerous information in the hands of identity thieves because identity thieves can use it to perpetrate numerous crimes. An identity thief could, for example, use your home address and phone number to change your address with the United States Postal Service. This lets the identity thief access even more sensitive information and open credit cards and financial statements in your name.
Manage the Privacy Settings on Your Facebook
Facebook profiles have a default configuring, but other people can use this to find you. Beware of groups you join because when you share a common trait like attending the same school, or you live in a metropolitan area, it means everyone on that city-based network can access your profile information. It leaves you vulnerable to hundreds or even thousands of strangers.
We have to take active measures to stop identity thieves on Facebook because we never know who might be watching us.