Social Networking Safety: How to Protect your Information and Identity
In light of Facebook’s recent privacy incident, there’s even more reason than ever to check what information you are sharing. Here are some tips to help ensure you and your colleagues are at your safest online.
There are a few questions you can ask yourself when being asked to provide your personal information:
- who is collecting it?
- what will be done with it?
- what are the consequences for me?
- is it necessary?
If you aren’t sure that there is a real reason behind giving a piece of information, ask the company concerned before you provide them with anything. Companies may want to use your personal information to send you marketing or pass your details to other companies for marketing. They should give you the chance to opt in or out.
When adding to your social media profiles – make sure that your identity is protected. Think carefully before publishing your:
- Full name
- Full address/ Previous addresses
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- National insurance number
- School/ workplace
This type of sensitive information can be used to steal your identity and commit fraud. You should also be careful when choosing a password that contains any details listed above or other references that someone may be able to find out through information you have posted elsewhere.
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