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Is your birthday on Facebook? Here’s why that’s a bad idea


Alex Thomas Salder 

You’ve probably heard that what you share on Facebook can come back to haunt you, but there are more dangers associated with your online activity than you probably even realize.

How your Facebook profile can open you up to criminals

While there is no foolproof way to prevent identity theft, there are things you can do to make life a lot more difficult for thieves.

We’ve told you about the dangers of sharing your Social Security number — even at places you may think are safe, including various types of medical offices, hospitals and schools.

But these days, it takes a lot less for criminals to be able to access your personal life.

Maybe you don’t share your Social Security number on your Facebook profile, but many people do share things like their birthday and photos of their new home. It may seem harmless, but every little piece of information out there puts criminals one step closer to having what they need to steal your identity, your money and do even more long-term damage to your financial life.

So if you want to avoid inviting criminals into your life, here are a few things you should never share on social media:

  • birthday
  • home address
  • phone number
  • mother’s maiden name
  • Social Security number
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