Yes, there is currently a lot of talk and knowledge about the serious exposure of our personal data. And no matter how careful you are when using social networks and not telling your private life to everyone, what you should do is think twice before publishing certain information that could be susceptible to be stolen for illicit acts. For this reason, we are going to tell you what you should not publish and if you have already done so, run to delete it!
Do not publish your fingerprints in the networks
I’m sure you’re asking yourself: “what’s this all about?”, because who in their right mind would ever think of doing that, nobody! The thing is that your fingerprints can be stolen like this: you pose for a photo with the peace sign, for example, but that innocent gesture could put you at risk from hackers.
Isao Echizen, a researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, claims that making this gesture which shows the index and middle fingers can get your identity stolen. According to him, new technologies make it possible to magnify images and even scan fingerprints.
Echizen told BBC Mundo that, once scanned, the prints are “widely available” for indiscriminate reproduction.
Don’t count your vacation destination
Telling through your networks where you are going on vacation has some risks and very dangerous ones, by the way.
First of all, you put potential assailants at your vacation destination on notice. And, on the other hand, you announce to burglars that you are leaving your house empty.
According to a study published in 2018 in the UK, at least 22% of respondents claimed to have had their home burglarized while vacationing. And they had all posted photos of their days off on social media.
No birthday date
It’s true, who doesn’t like to be congratulated on their birthday? This happens every day through social networks, and they often include information on how many people comply.
According to Amelia Murray of security analyst for the British newspaper The Telegraph:
“For someone to steal your identity and commit fraud in your name, in many countries all you need is your name, address and date of birth, it’s as simple as that.”
Now, think carefully about what you are going to share on your social networks, analyze what may be susceptible to theft and leave it for you and your loved ones. Perhaps it’s time to return to the beautiful family albums of yesteryear!
You may also want to read: Are your children the protagonists in your social networks? Think twice before uploading your photos.