Wednesday, July 16, 2014


. . Identity theft is exploding and FACEBOOK offers a storehouse of invaluable information which thieves can use with the aid of a Google search to recreate another identity.  To see what might be done, just google "FACEBOOK and Identity Theft". 
. . According to Frank Abagnale, made infamous by the "Catch Me If You Can" book and movie,
If you tell me your date of birth and where you’re born and I’m 98 percent on the way to stealing your identity. Never state your date of birth and where you were born, otherwise you are saying ‘come and steal my identity’. Never using a passport-style photo as your Facebook profile picture – group photos are deemed much safer – and refrain from making comments that reveal too much. Every time you say you ‘like’ or ‘don’t like’ you are telling someone your sexual orientation, ethnic background, voting record.”
. . Many say that they don't worry because they have locked down their account and that information is available only to their friends, all 1000 of them.  Okay, without looking at your FACEBOOK page please name those 1000 people.  What is to keep any of those 1000 "friends" from re-posting any of your information to their 1000 friends and so forth.
. . The most effective form of identify theft is the socially-engineered email. The thief can pull personal information from your FACEBOOK page and then uses it to pretend to be someone you know and sends you a link to click on in an email about some irresistible topic.
. . With the internet and extremely low cost for data storage, privacy, once lost, can never be retrieved.

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