This is why you need to remove your birthday from Facebook right now

By admin
08 July 2016

Getting all those happy birthday messages so isn't worth it.

Most people will admit they love seeing how birthday wishes stream into their Facebook timeline on their birthday. However, these "happy birthdays" might not be all you open yourself up to by having your birthday visible on Facebook.

According to Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, people should think twice about publishing their birth dates on Facebook, as it could leave them vulnerable to identity theft.

Cifas says online identity fraud in the UK has increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.

Cyber criminals trawl social media sites for details such as your name, email address, cellphone number and your birthday. They then use this information to find out even more about you.

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Cifas describes identity fraud as “the act of deliberately using a stolen or fictitious identity to make applications for new products or services or to open a new account”. The victim usually only discovers they’ve been defrauded when they receive a hefty bill.

But in order to be successful, cyber criminals need your personal details – all those titbits about you which you’re sharing freely on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Fraudsters are opportunists,” Simon Dukes, CEO of Cifas, writes on the organisation’s website. “The likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online platforms are much more than just social media sites – they are now a hunting ground for identity thieves. We are urging people to check their privacy settings today and think twice about what they share.”

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Go back to using a good old paper notebook to remember birthdays – thereby removing one more chance for identity thieves and fraudsters to make a victim out of you.

Remove your birthday from Facebook like this:

Step 1: Go to your Facebook profile

Step 2: Click on “About”

Step 3: Click on “Contact and Basic Info”

Step 4: Click on the lock icon next to your birth date and change it to “Only me”.

Step 5: Save your changes.

Sources: Unilad, Express UK, Cifas

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