If you’ve been on Facebook long enough to have a birthday, you’ll know that tiny rush you get from seeing your wall flood up with happy birthday messages. Even if it’s from people you barely know, it’s still a nice little ego boost. Well, hold on to your birthday hats, because we’ve got some news.
Having your birthday on your profile is apparently a goldmine for cyber criminals.
Cifas, an organization that specializes in fraud prevention, says that many scammers prey on social media accounts for any useful info. Facebook isn’t their primary source of information, though. Sites like LinkedIn and Twitter, provide just as much, if not more.
Other than your birthday, details like phone numbers, workplace, email addresses, and full names could easily be used to scam you out of a few thousand.
A representative from the Get Safe Online campaign said: “Be wary of publishing any identifying information about yourself – either in your profile or in your posts – such as phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address or birthday. The less data you give away the less chance you have of being hit by a cyber crime.”
Now no one’s saying you need to go cold turkey and give up your life online altogether, but being hyper vigilant definitely wouldn’t hurt. Just remember that the less you share, the safer you’ll be from cyber crime.