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Sharing "TMI" on Social Media Sites Helps ID Thieves

SOCIAL NETWORKING

January 26, 2010

A recent study indicates that more than half of those ages 45 and older who use popular social networking sites could fall prey to identity thieves because they share too much information, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The study, which polled more than 1,000 adults, found that 14 percent of respondents--and 20 percent of those over the age of 60--posted their full home addresses in their profiles, and about 50 percent revealed information that could tip thieves off to their bank account passwords. Experian, which commissioned the study, recommended avoiding posting specific personal details and being sure that online quizzes or games come from a reputable source.
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