Infographic Explores Dangers of Sharing Personal Information on Social Networks

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Although millions share photos and update friends on Facebook, 90 percent of adults believe Americans share too much information online. A new infographic from looks at the common yet potentially dangerous "over-sharing" phenomenon.

We want our users to make smart choices and be protected. Hopefully this infographic shows the importance of guarding one’s private life and keeping it off the Internet., a one-stop resource for current and prospective students, addresses the question, “Are people sharing too much online?” in a new infographic. The visual examines both the reasons for and the impact of sharing too much personal information on social sites like Facebook.

Many online users allow the public to see personal information, including their full birth dates, current whereabouts, relationship details, as well as alcohol use. It is not hard to imagine how this information could be used by criminals for nefarious purposes. Ninety percent of adults believe that users divulge too much online.

“Social media's increasing popularity has made sites such as Facebook and Twitter podiums for personal sharing,” said Aaron Tooley, spokesperson for “However, users often forget the danger such information can have when in the wrong hands.”

According to the infographic, Smartphone users are 33 percent more likely than the general public to be victims of identity fraud. Vital personal information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers and credit scores are usually kept private, but 50 percent of consumers 18-34 would share this information for a price.

“We want our users to make smart choices and be protected,” added Tooley. “Hopefully this infographic shows the importance of guarding one’s private life and keeping it off the Internet.”

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