Microsoft Facebook Users Identity Theft Risk
Although with this week's big acquisition move by Microsoft,
Facebook users are still facing an even larger latent identity
In a recent example of how providing just a few personal
details on your Facebook page can lead to identity
theft, a consumer watchdog group was able to secure enough
personal information from 35 out of 100 randomly contacted
people to enable opening up new credit accounts.
According to RTEBusiness:
"Despite knowing nothing about the person, 35 of those
contacted replied immediately - giving "Amba" and the
Watchdog team access to any personal details they
shared on the site.
One of them was Scott Gould, 23, from Devon.
His Facebook entry contained his date of birth
and home town. The team used these clues to
find more information about Scott on other
publicly available internet sites.
They were then able to open an online bank
account in his name and successfully apply
for a credit card."
A very sobering thought for any parents out
there who may have teen age kids as Facebook
So, our tip for today is to guard your kids
online information sharing practices. Let your
kids know anything they share about themselves
can lead to identity theft or worse.
As a result, its always a good idea to institute
credit & public profile monitoring on you and
your family's personal identities.
Finally, make sure to tell your friends or associates
about this important new development in identity theft