Delray, FL (PRWEB) June 11, 2010
NationalCreditReport.com, a leader in credit report, credit score and credit monitoring services, reminds consumers to think twice about the personal information they reveal on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to help prevent ID theft.
"Social media sites contain a treasure trove of information for identity thieves," said Samuel S. Ambrose, Vice President of Marketing and Operations of NationalCreditReport.com. "We've all put information on these sites indicating our birth date, favorite movies and other personally identifiable information. But people are learning now more than ever that this practice can leave them vulnerable to possible ID theft from social networking. There are many ways to help prevent ID theft, but with the growing popularity of social networking sites, consumers need to be more cautious with what they choose to reveal about themselves."
- Choose your "friends" carefully - Possibly the most important way to help prevent ID theft is to not allow people who you do not know to be a "friend" or "follower."
- Think twice before offering too much information - Full birthdates, favorite movies, mother's maiden names, etc., are all information points that other institutions use to help verify your identity. Posting this information online can allow you to fall victim of someone committing ID theft from social networking.
- Review the site's Privacy Settings regularly - These settings are put in place to protect you and your identity and are a good way to help prevent ID theft. Many sites have enhanced their security recently so now is a good time to explore whether you might be at risk.
As in all cases of compromised security, NationalCreditReport.com suggests participating in a credit monitoring service, especially if you think you might be a victim of identity theft.
"While a credit monitoring service can't stop ID theft from social networking, it's a cost-effective way to be proactive and stay informed as soon as there is new activity on your credit file," said Ambrose. "Our service sends you email alerts each time there is an inquiry made to your credit file with each of the three credit reporting agencies (Experian™, Equifax™, and TransUnion™)."
Ambrose also notes that NationalCreditReport.com's credit monitoring service customers receive $25,000 worth of identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law).
Since 2004, NationalCreditReport.com has specialized in providing credit information, including interesting facts about credit scores, and credit monitoring services to consumers to help them understand their credit report and score. NationalCreditReport.com encourages consumers to check their credit report on a regular basis.