Facebook Safety: Facebook Identity Theft

The all popular and renowned Facebook is the fastest growing social networking website in the world today. More than 250,000 new users are being added to the network daily. Although joining a social networking site seems fun, it is best to keep in mind that sharing information has lots of risks. This includes your personal data – such as your name, contact information, e-mail, and other personal information can be accessed by others when your profile is viewed. Anyone can get private photos and important information about you from your profile. Facebook safety is important especially if you want to avoid Facebook identity theft.


Facebook identity theft involves another person stealing your personal information. This comes in various ways. A person can copy your photos, upload them, and create an account which he/she manages but using your name, pictures, and other personal information.


An example of Facebook identity theft is the case of a girl named Janice, when she figured out that her roommate was stealing her pictures and uploading it under a Facebook account that her roommate created pretending to be her. She figured this out when a guy named Jason contacted her and told her that he was his online boyfriend for 4 years. Janice never knew the guy, not even online. It turned out that her roommate was the one who had an online relationship with Jason using Janice’s pictures, information, and profile on Facebook.


Other forms of Facebook identity theft can happen. With the vast growing members in the social networking site, Facebook safety must be kept in mind all the time to avoid these instances of Facebook identity theft.


Here are 3 basic tips for your Facebook safety that are applicable to anyone wanting to avoid Facebook identity theft.


Facebook Safety Rule #1 – Keep your personal information private; as much as possible do not include personal contact information, addresses, and especially your bank account details


Facebook Safety Rule #2 – Never send money to anyone who asks for it on the Internet; People might use your    personal information for transactions which you are not aware of.


Facebook Safety Rule #3 – Once you’ve joined Facebook, know that there is a risk for Facebook identity theft.


If you’re looking for a little extra protection from identity theft threats against you or your loved ones, you might want to check out our enhanced identity theft services. Stay safe


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Pia is a travel and technology enthusiast. When not working, she' s either at the movies, sightseeing with friends, or at home with her husband & son.