Privacy is an important topic when it comes to social media, because there are many risks attached.
The biggest danger is identity fraud. Identity fraud means someone acquires the personal details of another person, and subsequently assumes that person’s identity. Victims of identity fraud are faced with things such as invoices for products they never ordered, unjustified fines or sums of being withdrawn from their bank account. Loans may even be taken out in the victim’s name, which could result in a listing with the Office for Credit Registration. That registration means you can no longer take out a mortgage, and could even lead to creditors coming after you. Someone can assume your identity using just a few personal details. The consequences of identity fraud can be far-reaching and can haunt you for many years.
Protecting your privacy means taking great care of your personal details. On social media there are three main pitfalls:
You are responsible for protecting yourself online. Here are some practical tips to help you safeguard your privacy: