Delete these details from your Facebook now

Oversharing on social media platforms can provide cybercriminals the opportunity to invade your privacy

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Delete these details from your Facebook now Cyberciminals can invade your privacy when you overshare on social media platforms (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 10, 2017

Cybercriminals are lurking everywhere with the means to steal your personal information and with the vast amounts of data on social media, it's proving easy to do so.

According to an anonymous hacker, the easiest way to obtain personal information would be from popular questionnaires similar to ‘Ask me 10 things', where users would give away their pet names, birthdays, favourite colours and maiden names, all of which could be used as a password.

You may want to consider deleting these details from your Facebook profile:

1. Boarding pass pictures - boarding passes have barcodes which can be used to find out your flight itinerary.

2. Location - tagging your location whilst on holiday means opening your home to burglars, in fact if you do post your holiday plans on social media account some insurance claims will not be accepted. Also if you tag your home location, your address becomes public.

3. Financial details - this should go without saying but in case you are unsure, never ever post credit card details on public platforms.

4. Child-related comment - Photographs of children and where they go to school should not be disclosed or at least should be considered before posting.

5. Personal information - phone numbers and birthdays could lead to a stalker or hackers gaining access to bank accounts.

6. Your boss - If you have an open profile your boss, as well as everyone else, can see everything you share or are tagged in. Facebook provides an option to block people from seeing your timeline.

 

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