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Security Center

Social Media and Identity Theft

Social Media And Identity Theft

Keep your private information safe and secure.

Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with family members and exchange ideas, information, photos, and games — but remember, putting your personal information online comes with risks.

The more information you provide about yourself online, including posts and live chats on social networking sites, the easier it is for people to use these details to commit fraud against you.

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Here Are Some Tips:


No contact information

Do not include email addresses or phone numbers in your profile.

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Don't overshare

Cybercriminals can obtain identifying information from your posts, which could allow them to steal your identity or to access your financial information.


Create strong passwords

Creating strong passwords for your social media profiles helps prevent others from logging into them in your name. This means using a combination of at least 12 numbers, special characters, and upper- and lower-case letters.


Ignore the "About Me" fields

Don’t fill out the “About Me” fields in your social media profiles. You don’t have to let people know what year or where you were born — which could make you an easier target for identity theft.


Watch what information you give out

Avoid surveys and games that may ask for out-of-wallet type questions. Examples: What was the color of your first car? What is the name of the first school you attended? What is the name of the hospital you were born in?


Explore privacy settings

Consider limiting who can view your posts to those you’ve personally invited/friended.

Social media sites build themselves on a culture of trust. Do not get caught up in the moment. Always think before you respond. Keep your personal information safe.

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