Our research shows that a significant number of Facebook users are engaging in behaviors that may put them at risk for identity theft and related crimes
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2008
NextAdvisor.com, a leading provider of independent service reviews for consumers, is launching its free 'Facebook Identity Theft Protection Guide' to help users of the popular social network protect themselves from falling victim to identity theft.
"Our research shows that a significant number of Facebook users are engaging in behaviors that may put them at risk for identity theft and related crimes," said Joe Fahrner, Vice President of Research at NextAdvisor.com. "Our guide is designed to raise awareness of the identity theft risks that face Facebook users and to provide some simple preventative measures that they can take to protect themselves."
One of the biggest identity theft risks that Facebook users face is exposing their personal information by accepting friend requests from strangers. Friend requests are invitations that, if accepted, allow the sender to access portions of the recipient's Facebook profile information.
49% of respondents in a recent Facebook poll commissioned by NextAdvisor.com admitted to accepting some or all of the friend requests they receive from strangers, an act that could leave them more susceptible to identity theft. The guide recommends that Facebook users only accept friend requests from people they know and trust.
The guide also suggests that users eliminate as much personally identifiable information, such as full date of birth, phone number and home address, from their Facebook profile page as possible. "Facebook users shouldn't publish anything on their profile page that they wouldn't divulge to a complete stranger," said Fahrner.
The 'Facebook Identity Theft Protection Guide' is available for free by visiting http://www.nextadvisor.com/blog/2008/03/04/6-tips-to-protect-your-identity-on-facebook/.
Consumers that want to learn more about identity theft prevention can visit NextAdvisor.com's guide to identity theft protection services at http://www.nextadvisor.com/identity_theft_protection_services/index.php?kw=rls2
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