Many social media sites like Facebook ask users to list their name, birth date, occupation, address, etc. These large social networks have developed a level of trust that make you believe it is safe to insert this type of information into their systems. But the truth is that the most basic information can cause extreme danger to yourself and your family.
Many people are aware of cybercrime but have never been a victim of it. Cybercrime is a term for any illegal activity that uses a computer as its primary means of commission. The U.S. Department of Justice expands the definition of cybercrime to include any illegal activity that uses a computer for the storage of evidence.
The growing list of cybercrimes includes crimes that have been made possible by computers, such as network intrusions and the dissemination of computer viruses, as well as computer-based variations of existing crimes, such as identity theft, stalking, bullying and terrorism.
Fraud experts and cyber security firms are speaking out to let users know that social media sites / profiles are easy targets from cyber criminals. In the past year alone, cybercrime rose by 57 percent and the most targeted social media sites include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The more information you include on your personal profile, the more information a cybercriminal can take from you. Personal information that you should be wary of putting online include full name, address, mobile number and birth date.
To be safe, it is best to put as little information about yourself online as their is less information for cybercriminals to obtain.
Don’t be one of the 13 million U.S. citizens that were victims of cybercrime last year alone!