Social Media is a great resource for connecting with new and old friends. Sharing pictures of your latest vacation or family gathering, or even posting life updates can seem harmless, but do you know what not to post to keep your information protected?
As a general rule, you want to avoid posting information that could lead a fraudster to stealing your identity. Here are some tips to think about.
Don’t give out your schedule
When you’re planning to be away from home for an extended time, be careful not to post too much information about your itinerary. Just think of it as a sign on your front door that says, “I’m not home.” Posting pictures from your vacations are best to share once you are home.
Personal information like your social security number, personal phone numbers, birth date, home address or passwords should not be posted. If you are ever asked for something like a phone number so a company can contact you, send it in a private message.
It’s a good idea to be cautious when taking surveys or quizzes on Social Media. Questions about your location, family or hobbies are fun to answer but also reveal personal information that could be used to steal your identity.
Use Privacy Settings to Your Advantage
Each social channel gives its users the opportunity to set personal privacy settings. You can control who can see your posts, hide your profile from search results and more. If you’ve been on a certain channel for a long time, make it a habit to check the privacy settings regularly. New settings are being added over time, and the more control you have over who can see your profile, the more protected your information.
Your photos are an important part of your social media presence and keeping them private is important. Photos of your children, family, home and vacations should only be available to those with whom you are directly connected.
When it comes to keeping yourself safe on Social Media, the key is to monitor what you share and be aware of your privacy settings.