Althought social media has changed the world and the way people communicate information with each other, people need to remember that there's a danger with sharing too much information online. No one can deny how fast social media is growing and it will continue to get more popular.
Online PR News – 28-July-2011 – – Although social media has changed the world and the way people communicate information with each other, people need to remember that there's a danger with sharing too much information online. No one can deny how fast social media is growing and it will continue to get more popular. Facebook is the number one visited site and has recently surpassed Google. Facebook is up to over 750 million users and it would be foolish to assume that all of them are honest.
Founder of www.howsafeareyou.org Michael Roberts says " social media is important and has a huge amount of benefits. Staying connected with friends and family is much easier and you can even network within your career. The danger begins when you have people in your account that you don't directly know and they have access to your information. So for instance a simple status update saying you're out of town for the weekend, can be an opportunity for a thief to break into your home." You just told the world the world your home is empty and for how long.
A lot of people posts updates as to what activities they're engaged in at the present time. This also presents an opportunity for a thief because you can be tracked when you're away from your home. Even beyond identity theft you could be sharing information that criminals could use. For instance if you have children, and your posts indicates they're home alone, you could be jeopardizing their safety.
Some people include their personal information in their profile. Along with the obvious name and city where they live, people alson share their date of birth, where they work, schools they've attended previous cities lived, etc. This is all the crucial information the someone needs to commit identity theft. It is important be careful about what you share on the social meda networks. Don't accept someone into your network if you don't know them. Even if they're a friend of a friend you should still investigate who they are before letting them into your circle.
You should be very careful about the information that you share and always protect your identity because it's very hard to repair your life when you've been a victim.
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