Sharing your address, phone number, birthday and other personal information can mean you are at a greater risk of identity theft, stalking and harassment. This includes information you post on social media.
What personal information should be kept private?
Keeping Your Personal Information Secure Offline
Keep your financial records, Social Security cards and insurance cards in a safe place like a safe or locked drawer. At work, lock your purse and/or wallet in a safe place. Only take the identification and credit/debit cards that you need with you out of the house.
Strangers should not be given personal information (name, age, address, phone number, social security number). If you are meeting an online stranger in person, make sure your parents are present.
email address. usernames and passwords for online accounts or email accounts. parent or carer’s bank or credit card details. photos that show where you live or your school uniform.
What information should you never give out?
Sharing sensitive information such as your address, phone number, family members’ names, car information, passwords, work history, credit status, social security numbers, birth date, school names, passport information, driver’s license numbers, insurance policy numbers, loan numbers, credit/ debit card numbers, PIN …
You should therefore avoid sharing information that’s used to verify your identity, such as your full date of birth. Never share photos of your driver’s license, passport, or credit card, which contain personal information that you don’t want to make public.
You can share confidential information without consent if it is required by law, or directed by a court, or if the benefits to a child or young person that will arise from sharing the information outweigh both the public and the individual’s interest in keeping the information confidential.
What information is OK to give out on the Internet?
The information deemed most “okay” to share with someone you had just met at a party include the state you live in, the name of the school you go to, the city or town where you live and your IM screen name.
What are three examples of personal information?
Examples of personal information
- a person’s name, address, phone number or email address.
- a photograph of a person.
- a video recording of a person, whether CCTV or otherwise, for example, a recording of events in a classroom, at a train station, or at a family barbecue.
- a person’s salary, bank account or financial details.
Confidential information about your identity – This includes your address, phone number, social security number, and birth date. Don’t share this information about other family members either. This is the information that identity thieves seek. Don’t make it easy for them by posting it for the world to see.
Useful guidelines for safely surfing the Internet include: Don’t give out personal information (name, age, address, phone number, social security number) to strangers. Never meet in person with an online stranger unless you get your parent’s permission and have them come with you.
How do I stop my personal information from being revealed on the Internet?
- Install anti-virus software, firewall software and anti-spyware software and keep it up-to-date by installing updates regularly.
- Don’t open file attachments if you don’t know the person the message is from – just delete it.
- Don’t click on links if you don’t know who the message is from – just delete it.
As a rule of thumb, uncomfortable or revealing personal information should be shared sparingly, if at all, and – unless acquaintances have indicated that they’re comfortable viewing this content – only with others you know in real-life.