Protecting Your Identity While on Social Media

Personal LinesWith the internet and social media more prevalent than ever, it is important to be aware of the affect the content you post to your accounts could have on your future. You never know who might see what you post which can put you at risk. Before your next post, think twice about the information that you are sharing and follow these tips:

  • Keep very personal information offline and understand that information posted online could be used against you. You may want to rethink sharing your home town, marital status, schools attended and even your pet’s name. This helps hackers guess passwords to private accounts.
  • Avoid posting photos while out of town as this could open the door to home or auto theft at home.
  • Review your privacy settings regularly, as they change often.
  • Turn off location-based apps. According to credit.com, identity thieves may use your address as one of the necessary pieces of financial data to verify and steal your identity.

While it may be frustrating to not be able to share certain things on social media but taking these steps can help mitigate the risk of having your identity stolen. In the unfortunate event that your identity is stolen, report it immediately through the Federal Trade Commission’s website here. To alleviate some of the stress and financial burden associated with a stolen identity, consider purchasing personal identity theft insurance. To learn more about the coverage, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.

Sources: ABCNews.com, credit.com

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