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Sharing information on social networking sites is a great way to connect with friends and family. Two out of three online U.S. households use social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, nearly twice as many as a year ago.


Unfortunately, there’s growing evidence social network users are exposing themselves to risk by posting information that can be used by criminals to commit fraud and identity theft.


According to the 2010 Identity crime State of the Net survey:


• Within the past year, 9 percent of social network users experienced some form of abuse, such as malware infections, scams, identity theft, or harassment.
• Many social network users are naive about risks. Forty percent had posted their full birth date, exposing them to identity theft. Twenty-six percent of Facebook users with children had potentially exposed them to predators by posting the children’s photos and names. And in one of four households with a Facebook account, users weren’t aware of or didn’t choose to use the service’s privacy controls.


Tips from ITAC
ITAC believes safe online data practices are a small trade off for the ease and enjoyment of online sharing. Identity crime can come from many sources and is often difficult to resolve. We urge you start the enjoyment and ease of sharing online must at safe data practices – whether online or in the real world – should start early.


1. Don’t share basic information that can be used to commit identity theft. That includes social security numbers, date of birth, street address, mothers’ maiden name, previous addresses and account number.
2. Create a family “Do Not Post” list. Provide a list of information that should not be shared near the computer to remind children and young adults about safe online sharing.