Social networking introduces risks that extend beyond the online world. When creating a profile or posting updates, we are often tempted to act as if we’re only speaking to our close friends. With social networking, however, much of your information is rapidly available to virtually anyone. Offering too much of this information can leave youvulnerable to identity theft, harassment and other crimes.
The core of identity theft starts with social security numbers. While most people have the common sense not to share their social security number online, many have no problem giving the date and location of their birth. These pieces are instrumental in committing social security theft. If the social networking site does not allow you to hide this information from prying eyes, don’t enter it into your profile.
Addresses in Daily Routing
Most people don’t have to live in fear of stalkers. Once a stalker enters your life, however, anything they know about your daily habits will need to be revamped in order to move on. You can avoid falling victim to a stalker or real-life harasser by not advertising locations you visit regularly. For example, try not to list your favorite restaurant, child’s school name or favorite jogging path, as this information can be used to glean detailed information about where you live and where you’ll be at any given time.
Minimize Work History
Your work history says a lot about you -- so much so, that too much could be used to apply for a loan application. Though it is common for people to list where they work, try to avoid listing too many past employers. Doing so leaves you vulnerable to fraud.
Social media is often where people take a stand on an issue. Whether it’s your favorite Star Wars movie or your opinions on abortion, you should be careful about what your stances say about you. Boldly proclaiming hard-line stance on controversial topics can, at the very least, alienate those who may disagree with you and, at the very worst, inspire people to take action against you. You may have a nuanced view of why you want po