One of the best ways to avoid exposing personal information is by not sharing personal details with the wrong people. You may enrich a relationship by sharing personal information with friends and family over the Internet, but it also increases the risk of exposure of your private information.
There are many kinds of criminals. However, the more shrewd ones gather data in a very methodical fashion. Every little piece of information adds to the jigsaw puzzle, eventually giving the criminals a complete picture of you. It is comforting to note that you can control how much of your personal information is exposed. You have to ensure that a recipient will make proper and correct use of the data, before sharing personal information with them.
Names of Family Members
Such information is vital for conmen who use the data to befriend you and then cheat you. It can also be used to guess your passwords, or answers to security questions. Your family members also become increasingly vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, and personal harm.
Phone Number and Address
When this information is abused, then you are most likely to be bombarded with junk mail and telemarketing calls. It can also increase the risk of identity theft and make your home a preferred target for robbery.
Information About Your Vehicle
Users must restrictively and carefully share information about their car such as vehicle identification numbers or VINs, license plate numbers, model, make, and title number of the car, registration information, or driver’s license number, and insurance details like coverage limits, name of the insurance carrier, and loan information. Criminals can use this data for insurance fraud, or for stealing parts of your car or the entire car. Your financial status can also become obvious based on the type of car you own, which can in turn make you a preferred target of criminals.
Information About Credit Status
This piece of personal data can be abused in several different ways. So whenever you come across sites that ask for information about your credit status, do not ever provide it. Do not check your credit scores at not so reputable sites that offer free credit checking. Also avoid the free mortgage calculators that ask for different kinds of data to be input before providing information about the kind of credit that one qualifies for.
Information About Your Work History
Criminals can use your work history information as authentication, thereby convincing organizations and people to give additional information about your identity and financial accounts. Be selective about posting your resumes at various sites when looking for a job. Avoid giving specifics such as dates and the name of the companies, and instead only give a brief idea about the kind of work done by you. You can also create a separate email account for such purposes. Legitimate employers will contact you privately, and you can give more detailed information within such correspondence. After you have landed a job, ensure that you remove your details from the website.
Information About Holidays
A lot of people leave automated email responses to allow people to know that they are away from work, or taking a holiday break. It can increase the risk that your home could be targeted by thieves because anyone with your home phone number or email address will know you are not at your residence.