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Common Questions About Personal Information Security

Many people are concerned about how to avoid identity theft. We’ve put together the answers to some common questions about personal information security to help you make sure you keep your ID secure.

I post a lot of pictures on social media using my phone. Is there anything I should be worried about?

  • GPS is built into every smartphone so it knows where you are at what time. That’s quite helpful sometimes, but remember a geo-tagged photo will contain details of the day, date and location it was taken, allowing strangers to know exactly where you, your friends and family live.
  • Increasingly we also see personal photos posted on social media used by unscrupulous people to create new social media profiles.
  • If you have children it’s great to share milestones and achievements with friends and family, but you may want to restrict access to those photos.
  • Photos can also be stolen and used by strangers to create new social media profiles
  •  When you upload photos to your Facebook page you also automatically reveal many personal details. That may be fine with you, but you should be aware of it.

 

Should I be using the location services on my phone?

  • Many mobile devices have location services that can pinpoint where you are. Many will also ask if they can use your location in relation to the service they provide. However strangers and unwelcome people can easily discover your location with these, leading to a range of issues from ID theft to stalking and even domestic violence.
  • It varies from phone to phone, but generally speaking if you want to turn off location services you’ll need to go to your settings and find location services, which may be under the Privacy category. Then switch from on to off.

 

What software do people use to find out where a photo was taken?

There are quite a few products out there, which will do this – you can even download some of them for free.  For instance http://www.technipages.com/find-the-location-where-a-picture-was-taken.html

  • Use Firefox and download the Exif Viewer plugin.
  • Then go to the social media site where you want to find a picture and location.
  • Right click on the picture.  
  • Choose View Image EXIF Data
  • Make a record of the latitude and longitude of the picture by scrolling down to the EXIF GPS IFD section.
  • Enter the longitude and latitude into Google maps.

 

Can you tell me the most common mistakes when it comes to social media and sharing personal info?

  • First and foremost, always check with any social media site or app exactly what’s visible to other users. Go to your privacy settings and choose the maximum security option you’re comfortable with
  • Are those friends really friends? Be selective who you accept as friends or followers. If you don’t know them, don’t accept them.
  • It may sound obvious but don’t tell people where you are on social media. You’re just telling people you’re not at home. It’s especially dangerous if you’re on holiday, as thieves know you won’t be at home for an extended period.
  • Your address and phone number should never be posted on social media. It can lead to ID theft. But also it’s worthwhile remembering businesses can also get hold of your details and bombard you with marketing.

  

Is there anything else I can do about avoiding identity theft?

No matter what security you adopt it can never be 100% safe. In fact in 2012 alone 12.6 million people were victims of Identity theft. That’s why you might like to consider an ID theft service like the one we offer here at Protect Your Bubble. It gives you all this protection:

  • Helps to prevent, detect and resolve ID theft.
  • Our fully trained experts are on hand 24/7 to help
  • View all credit bureau reports from the 3 top providers
  • We also monitor your credit record on all 3 bureaus and will warn you of any changes.
  • Enjoy ongoing access to your Transunion report
  • Market beating value:
    • $69.99/year or  $7.99 per month for an individual
    • $79.99/year or $9.99 per month for a household

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