Do you list your birthplace, your high school, your first pet’s name, etc. on Facebook? Are any of those one of your security questions for your bank?
Criminals use a variety of sources, including social media, to steal our identities. While they may purchase, or hack, our Social Security number or credit-card information, they commonly look to social media for details such as our date of birth or address, as this type of information is commonly found there and can be used to open fraudulent accounts.
We need to be aware that posts, blogs, tweets and photo sharing create the equivalent of an electronic fingerprint — and that’s exactly what ID-theft criminals are looking for.