Social networks sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) facilitate open communication and the creation of virtual networks where people can exchange with friends the world over. It would be natural to think that “virtual friends” are also friends in the physical world, but is that really the case? In these virtual communities, a stranger can easily pass himself off as a friend and gather personal information about you for fraudulent purposes.
This is why we recommend you never include the following information about yourself in your profile:
- phone numbers
- date of birth
- employer name
- spouse and children’s names
- any other piece of personal information
This information can be used by scammers to steal your identity.
Private or public profile?
When you create your profile, we recommend you do not accept the site’s default security settings.
If you decide to go on a social networking site, follow our advice and assume that, no matter how many precautions you take, whatever you post is available to the entire Web community, including cybercriminals operating on these networks.