Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has written about social media. In a recent blog, he discussed the willingness of Facebook users to disclose private information. His comments bear consideration, since once your information is on the web, it lasts forever:
Whether you shop online routinely or infrequently, it will help to follow some precautions this holiday season. The risk of identity theft rises as you offer more and more information about yourself online.
Have you ever considered "identity theft" is a brilliant marketing term: a fear campaign designed to get us to buy expensive services we don't always need? Julia Angwin of the WSJ.com reports identity fraud is on the wane and customers aren't getting very badly hurt: The median victim has to pay nothing out-of-pocket and has his or her complaint resolved within five hours.
Identify theft is now the fastest growing crime in America. There were about 10 million cases in 2004. Since February 2005, major data handlers, including LexisNexis, ChoicePoint and CardSystems, have reported breaches that left the data of more than 50 million people at risk. Congress is beginning to stir, cracking down on the crime. In the meantime, you need to take some preventative measures.