From the “Take this with a grain of salt” department: According to a survey (of just 250 adults) conducted by Google for virtual-private-network application provider TunnelBear, 33 percent of millennials would rather be victims of identity theft than reveal the histories of their activities on Facebook.
As a former con man once pointed out, the more personal information you have publicly on Facebook, the easier it is for an identity thief to strike. NextAdvisor.com compiled an infographic showing how often identity thieves use social media, and what kind of information Facebook users share.
When users post their birth dates and hometowns, they might not think much of it, but an identity thief sees an opening. An ex-con turned FBI security expert talked with The Guardian recently about how criminals peruse Facebook accounts to steal identities.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when the woman allegedly decides to create a fake Facebook profile to slander her ex-boyfriend.
Sophos recommends that you get more selective about your friend list and who you show your full profile to, among other things.
A growing number of people in Salt Lake City have had their identities ripped off on Facebook.