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Is it safe to put real info in facebook? or has anyone run into any identity issues?
There are so much identity theft that just a little info can lead to trouble or am I just being paranoid.
There is over 750 million users of Facebook, most of which share real info. I would say that there is really nothing to worry about.
I agree. As long as you don't give away your password/username to a total stranger then you have nothing to worry about. Also, it is your responsibility to log out your account every time you leave and make sure that no one can access it.
There are certain pieces of information I try to never make publicly available, including full name, address, birthday, city of residence, family relationships, phone number, and email address. Actually a lot of those I don't even make privately available. I'd also limit employer if it was one that was easy to locate (such as if there was only one of them versus something generic like Target). For Facebook, I would set your privacy settings so that everything is viewable by Friends only.
One thing people are very careless about are photos. I see lots of photos were people are standing in front of their house (address fully visible) or their car showing a license plate. It is especially important to be careful with photos of children. I saw a photo of an adorable little girl the other day holding her diploma with her full name, school, and city of residence clearly visible.
There are lots of reasons other than identity theft to be cautious with your private information. Maybe it does seem paranoid, but the way I look at it is making yourself a relatively hard target. If someone can't find even simple things out about you like a birthday then they will go on to a softer target, just like a burglar will skip a house with an alarm and a dog.
so people include in their status that they are on vacation and the house is empty. im not sure but isnt is common sense to know that is like an invitation for burglary
That's the kind of thing I would restrict to close friends and family. Privacy settings can make your status posts hidden from the public.
It's not safe. Just make sure you have checked the security on your page so only certain friends can see your special information like what city you live in, where you go to work, etc. Don't post anything like addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc. If they want your information, they should ask you for it by message.
My own facebook account was hacked one time so it may be risky.
As long as you don't give away your password/username to a total stranger then you have nothing to worry about. Also, it is your responsibility to log out your account every time you leave and make sure that no one can access it. There are a lot of bad guys and we can't deny it, but you can prevent it.
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