Cybersecurity Tip: Safeguard your Personal Information on Social Media
Keep Your Private Information Private
Fraudsters can use your personal information to identify you as a target, impersonate you, or even attempt to guess your passwords. Social media can be a veritable treasure trove of personal information for fraudsters to obtain through account hacks, malware, or by posting deceptive content.
Here are four tips to help you safeguard your privacy online:
- Be careful what you share online. Even seemingly harmless information can be used against you. Avoid posting details about your personal life or sensitive information, such as your full name, address, phone number, or birth date.
- Check your privacy settings on social media. Make sure you're not inadvertently sharing personal information with the public. Limit access to your profile and posts to trusted friends and family members.
- Avoid accepting friend requests from strangers. Fraudsters often use fake profiles to gain access to your personal information. Be cautious about who you connect with online.
- Be mindful of what's in the background of your photos and videos. Sensitive information such as addresses on mailboxes, credit cards, or personal documents could be visible without you realizing it.
Unfortunately, maintaining your privacy is not solely under your control, as others may be involved in your activities. Please do not hesitate to educate friends or family who may be intruding on your privacy with their posts.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Please contact us.