IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Facebook, Twitter Security Tips: Don't Fall Victim to Identity Thieves

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2010-10-28 Print this article Print
Facebook, Twitter Security Tips: Dont Fall Victim to Identity Thieves

Facebook, Twitter Security Tips: Dont Fall Victim to Identity Thieves

by Brian Prince
Not all news is fit to print—particularly when it comes to social networks. It can be hard to know which is which for some people. After all, it is not uncommon for people to use Twitter, Facebook or other sites to pass on mundane details of their day. But sometimes details thought to be mundane can actually be a gold mine for identity thieves, scammers and other criminals savvy enough-or perhaps opportunistic enough-to mine social networks for details they can use. Some information, security specialists warn, can be used to target you. This was brought home recently in New Hampshire, where three men were arrested and accused of choosing homes to break into based on Facebook status updates. So just what type of information should you avoid putting online? Here, eWEEK, with the help of several different security experts, has pulled together seven security tips and recommendations to help users of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites protect their identity and other personal information.

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