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Is Your Facebook Profile Dangerous?

Did you know that just by completing the generic Facebook profile categories you could be putting yourself at risk of identity theft? Did you know that you don’t have to complete every box in your Facebook profile?
There have been reports of Facebook users being robbed while on vacation, as the thieves had access to their home address as well as when the inhabitants would be away, leaving their home vulnerable. Identity thieves are also patrolling Facebook seeking out profiles with personal information which could help them access your bank accounts and unlock your national identity number. All it takes to avoid these situations are a few quick tweaks!

Here is your quick and easy guide to establishing a safe Facebook profile:

  • Birth Date and Place
Never include both the date and year and location. Combined, this information can be used by identity thieves to unlock your financial world.
  • Home Address
Hopefully this is a fairly obvious one, don’t put your personal address, or any address for that matter on your profile. You’re just opening yourself up for thieves.
  • Vacation Plans
By posting information about your vacation plans, you’re opening yourself up to burglars, especially if you’ve already provided your home address to them in your profile, along with the dates that you’ll be out of town! Check out our blog on Facebook Privacy for tips on how to change your settings so that only your friends can access information about you on Facebook. Make sure your status updates and vacation picture postings aren’t being blasted out to anyone and everyone to see on the world wide web.
Update your status now! 
Filed under: Social Media

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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