7 things you really shouldn't be sharing on social media


It's tempting.

You're going on holiday and would like your Facebook friends to know. So you post a photo of your boarding pass –what's the worst that could happen, right?

In an experiment, Steve Hu from iflyflat.com.au reveals how ridiculously easy it would be for fraudsters to have access to your personal information including frequent flyer logins, and even credit card details. Yes, just from posting a photo of your boarding pass.

We've compiled a list of seven other pieces of information you should never post online.

1. Your ID

Full names, birth date, place of birth. This is just some of the information that identity thieves crave. And they can get it on your ID or drivers' licence. Guard this information at all cost.
Read more: Here’s how easy it is for crooks to steal your ID
2. Your credit card details This may seem fairly obvious but...

This girl posted her entire credit card number, then the security code on twitter...

3. Your password

Another obvious one, but it's always worth mentioning. Along with your actual password, avoid sharing information that could help crack security questions, for example, the name of your first pet, or your favourite colour.

Read more: The 25 worst passwords of 2015 are so easy to guess it’s ridiculous

4. Your phone number

As technology advances, so do scammers' tech skills. Not only does this leave you exposed to phishing scams, but they could also send you malicious text messages.

5. Your address

By sharing your address on Facebook, you're putting yourself at risk. For instance, if you've shared that you're going on holiday, people know you've got an empty house. Even if you have a small circle of Facebook friends you trust, if your account is not secure, internet-savvy burglars could easily find your house at the click of a button.

Read more: 10 things you need to do to make sure your Facebook account is safe and secure

6. Your schedule

Similarly, sharing your daily routine leaves you open to danger.

7. Your running route

So you've taken up jogging – great. But akin to sharing your address, posting your regular jogging route places you in a vulnerable situation.

Read more: People who post gym selfies on Facebook are narcissists, science says

Sources: trendmicro.com, consumer.ftc.gov, news.com.au, tribune.com

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