On October 11, the CPP Group released a study revealing that hints about many users’ online accounts can be found on social networking sites, like Facebook.
The study, which was conducted by security expert Jason Hart, determined that nearly one-third of the public profiles on Facebook contain some sort of personal information that is commonly used in creating passwords.
CPP contends that users in the 18 – 24 age bracket are more prone to this type of fraud since it is that age group that is more likely to post such information in a public profile.
However, the one-third of such profiles discovered on Facebook encompassed a variety of ages.
Tips When Creating Passwords Online
According to Danny Harrison, CPP’s Identity fraud specialist, “It isn’t a good idea to use personal information for passwords online.” When creating passwords, CPP recommends several tips, some of which include:
1. Always create a different password for every online account that you have.
2. Always check your online profiles and edit out any personal information that can be used against you.
3. Always review the privacy settings on your profiles to ensure that you are getting the protection that you want.
4. Try using other combinations to create passwords or security answers. CPP even suggests going so far as using false information in security questions.
These tips are only a few of the things to keep in mind when making passwords for online accounts. Proper passwords are the first line of defense against identity thieves and other fraudsters. Identity theft is the most commonly reported complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.
With this in mind, it’s important to be diligent in monitoring your personal information in the real world as well as the virtual world. While many people complain about issues like Facebook privacy, ultimately it is your own responsibility to safeguard your personal information.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com