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Posted on April 27, 2020 by in Children & Families, Personal
*Originally posted November 10, 2017. Updated April 27, 2020.*
Facebook has made it easier for us to connect with each other and build communities throughout the world over the years. The social site’s technology and privacy policies have also allowed other users and companies to access your information in ways most users don’t understand – often exposing its users Personally Identifiable Information (PII)  in several data breaches. Consider the following steps you can take to proactively minimize your risk of disclosing too much information that can lead you to become vulnerable to identity theft:

  • Remove your profile from search engines by using your “Privacy Settings.”
  • Control how much personal information you share (full name, date of birth, where you live, names of family members, email addresses, phone numbers) and with who you share them with.
  • Review the “Privacy” on your photo albums and update tagging setting in photos and videos so they’re only visible to you.
  • Use “Custom Privacy” settings and set up “lists” to organize your friends (work, family, etc.) so you can selectively share your posts and limit who sees what.
  • Detect unauthorized access to your account by checking your login alerts and access logs to make sure you’re the only one accessing your accounts.
  • Switch off facial recognition, which is used to search for biometric data throughout the site and tag your photos.
  • Avoid using Facebook to log in to third-party sites and apps, as those sites are granted access to data from your Facebook account, including your photo, name, and other information.
  • Run a Privacy Checkup to review your current privacy and sharing settings.

IdentityForce’s award-winning Social Media Identity Monitoring, oversees all accounts within your IdentityForce membership, alerting you of threatening social network activity and posts that could be perceived as violent, are using profanity, or could even be categorized as cyberbullying or discriminatory.


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