Fraudsters can commit identity theft with just three pieces of information – your name, your address and your date of birth. Recent studies found that a third of British social media users provided these very details in their public profiles.
The trick to online privacy is to share the minimum amount of information and to protect it properly. Do people need to know which schools you went to, where you live or whether you’re married? Would your posts be better off staying private than shared?
Social networks like you to share everything with everyone, but what’s good for selling advertising isn’t necessarily good for people’s privacy.
No matter what you publish and where, don’t use easily guessable passwords and never reuse the same password across multiple sites or services.