Identity theft has become increasingly common as more personal information is available online than ever before. Today there are more than one billion active Facebook users across the globe sharing personal details of their life with friends and family. Unfortunately, some of the personal information posted on Facebook can also be used by cybercriminals to hack your bank accounts or steal your identity.
So what can you do to protect your personal data on Facebook?
Use difficult security questions for all your accounts
- While it's easy to remember your anniversary or favorite pet's name, this information is easily available to anyone that can see your Facebook page, including cybercriminals. Instead, use questions only you know the answer to that you will easily remember, like "what was your third grade teacher's name?"
Avoid posting every little detail
- People who overshare on social media are more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Limiting how often you post also limits the personal information cyber criminals can easily find. In particular, avoid oversharing locations you frequently visit and personal data about yourself or your children (full names, birth places, etc.).
Make sure all privacy settings are in place
- Facebook offers a variety of security settings that can limit the information available to users who are not in your network of friends. Ensure these settings are activated on your account and avoid accepting requests from users if you have never met or have no mutual friends, since it's likely these are criminals trying to see your personal data.
Keep close tabs on your credit report
- Even if you follow all these steps there is a chance cyber criminals can access your personal information. By regularly monitoring your bank accounts and credit report for suspicious activity, you can report it and take steps to protect yourself before too much damage is done.
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