In a recent article, we read that it takes just three pieces of information about you to steal your identity. Studies have revealed that most of the information fraudsters need to steal your identity can be found on Facebook, which includes your name, date of birth and address.
Nearly 30% of adults include their full name and date of birth on their social media pages. Having your full name and date of birth means anyone is able to look for your profile, including fraudsters. You may choose to hide your date of birth, but this may not make a difference when you have various friends sending you birthday wishes.
With access to this information, fraudsters can access your bank accounts, which means they can withdraw money and take out loans under your name. Identity theft can have an impact on your personal finances, as it could make it difficult to take out loans, credit cards or a mortgage. Look out for bills or invoices for things that you haven’t ordered, this indicates that someone may have stolen your identity.
Checking your privacy settings
Ensure your privacy settings are updated by checking you’re not revealing too much personal information on your social media profiles. Try to avoid sharing unnecessary personal details online.
Facebook allows you to limit who can see your posts. You can choose between Friends, Public or Only You. You can also review posts you’ve been tagged in, who can contact you, who can send you friend requests and whether you want your profile to be shown in search engines outside of Facebook. You can also decide if anyone can look you up using your email address or phone number and who can see them.
Twitter and Instagram allow you to make your profile public or private. Public allows anyone to see it, private means only people that follow you can see your profile. You can also choose if you want to show your location on your tweets and if you want to show your birthday on your profile.
On LinkedIn, you can control what people see when you view their profile, for example, who can see your LinkedIn profile picture. You can choose between public or 1st connections.
Putting these privacy settings in place doesn’t completely secure your personal information online. You need to be mindful of the information you share, and who you share it with. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. If your business is based in London and the northern Home Counties I would be happy to arrange a meet to discuss further.