We can define social media as a platform in which people shares ideas including photos, thoughts and articles. However, one needs to ask whether it is secure to share your private information and personal identity on social media. Just in 2012 alone over, 12.6 million people suffered identity theft. According to the Identity fraud report of 2013 published by the javelin strategy and research, this figure indicated an increase of one million persons as compared to the previous year (2011).
The study further indicated that even though the total number of days that these identity fraudsters tainted the stolen identity reduced compared to last years, the total amount of money stolen tripled reaching $21 billion. In addition, the finding indicates that people need to be more careful regarding their identity protections particularly on social media.
Your personal information should be private
According to the javelin research (2012 identity fraud report) about social media, indicated that about 68 percent of people with public social media profiles discloses their full birth date details, 12% shared their pets date details, 63% discloses the name of the high school they attended, and 18% shared the number of their telephone.
It is advisable to exclude details regarding yourself on the social media. It is not necessary to include your specific area of resident. However, you can use a general name that covers a wide region thus making it hard to fathom your home zip code.
You should strictly set your privacy setting
Go into your twitter, Facebook, Instragram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google+ settings and edit your privacy settings. Ensure that your personal information including current location, date of birth, place of work are visible to only your friends or private. Making your personal details public makes it easy for fraudsters to access and manipulate it.
Never post or tag your exact location
It is exciting to tag or post you exact location. However, it is not necessary that we know you place of stay all the time. Putting your profile public will put your home under security threat.
Know your friends
Never discloses your personal information to strangers. Revealing such, details to these people enable them to use the information to find more about you. These scammers can easily gain access to your social media page and personalized details that they employ to make you identity theft victims.
Use strong secret codes
Secret codes or passwords ensure that you protect your identity. It is therefore important to make them effective. Learn how to select more effective and secure password.
Employ a security software suite
This program software will offer you full protection while surfing the website or using social media. At times, you can download malware programs in the form of a link from your friend. Without your knowledge this programs can steal your personal information from your computer.
In conclusion, social media and privacy is a very sensitive issue, which should be well understood to avoid identity theft on the social media.