Maybe we should lie to Facebook. Many of you know that cyber criminals target personally identifiable information (PII) theft in order to steal identities. Then they open credit accounts, make bank withdrawals, and commit other fraudulent activities in the name of the victim whose PII they stole.
We’ve written many times on this blog about identity theft and being very cautious about how much PII we place on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.
Recently, UK government official Andy Smith, an internet security chief at the Cabinet Office, said that providing fake details to social networking sites was: “a very sensible thing to do…When you put information on the internet, do not use your real name, your real date of birth. When you are putting information on social networking sites, don’t put real combinations of information because it can be used against you. However, unsurprisingly, he also stressed that when using government or other official sites that users should always tell the truth.”
Of course, he’s right in that you shouldn’t give PII when entering information on profile pages on these sites. Giving misleading information is one way to do that, omitting that type of data is another. Whatever you choose to do, limiting PII on social networking sites is a good thing. And if you have to lie, so be it.
Reference: Bangkok Post.com article
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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