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Since there is now more personal information online than ever before, identity theft has become more and more prevalent. More than a billion people use Facebook regularly now, revealing intimate details of their lives with friends and family. Sadly, some of the private data shared on Facebook can be utilized by fraudsters to break into your bank accounts or steal your identity.
what to Do To protect your data on Facebook
Use difficult security questions for all your accounts
- While it may be simple to recall your anniversary or the name of your beloved pet, anyone who has access to your Facebook profile, including fraudsters, may quickly find out these details. Use questions that you alone can answer and that you can easily recall instead, such as “what was the name of your third-grade teacher?”
Avoid posting every little detail
- People who overshare on social media are more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Limiting how often you post also limits the personal information cybercriminals can easily find. In particular, avoid oversharing locations you frequently visit and personal data about yourself or your children (full names, birthplaces, etc.).
Make sure all privacy settings are in place
- Facebook offers a variety of security settings that can limit the information available to users who are not in your network of friends. Ensure these settings are activated on your account and avoid accepting requests from users if you have never met or have no mutual friends since it’s likely these are criminals trying to see your personal data.
Keep close tabs on your credit report
- There is a possibility that cybercriminals will gain access to your personal information even if you take all of these precautions. You can report suspicious behavior and take action to protect yourself by routinely checking your bank accounts and credit report for it. This will help you stop it before too much harm is done.
Visit your local branch for additional information or look at other protective strategies against identity theft.