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I found a very good article on credit card fraud, thought I would share some stats that I hope will drive home how important it is to protect ourselves on the Internet.

‘The ease of sharing information can lead some people to reveal too much. The danger of over-revelation leads beyond mere social faux pas. More than half of adults who use online social networks post information that puts them at risk of cybercrime, including fraudulent credit card use, says a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

According to the 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research’s independent analysis of identity fraud report, in 2011, more than 11.6 million adults were victims of fraud, up 11% from the previous year. The report also found that users of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook and Twitter have the highest instances of identity theft. And though the study notes that there is no proof of direct causation, it also states that more people are sharing too much sensitive information via these sites that can be used to confirm identity.’

Do not post your birthday, Social Security Number or address online.  This is all information that can be used to steal your identity and put you and your family at risk.

Be safe and be blessed.

Recently there has been a rash of people posting on Facebook about changes in the privacy policy.  These changes are mostly around ownership of posted material such as pictures and videos.  You can read the complete policy here.

Bottom line, there is nothing you have to do.  Posting this does nothing.  This is one of those “The world is coming to an end” hoaxes that is far too common on the internet.  To read a sample of the message, click here.

Here is a good article from FoxNews on this issue, click here.

It is a hoax.  You should read the new policy and understand it.  For many people do not understand the privacy policy in the first place.  To read the policy, click here.

Be careful and wise with what you post.  Be safe and be blessed!

For your personal, or family, protection… Post with caution on Facebook that can be used against you.  Posts such as “my spouse is going to be out of town this week, I will miss them”, “my parents are going away this weekend”, or “we are going on vacation and our house is going to be empty” are just some examples of what can put you in harms way.

Post with caution and realize that if you have 400 friends, they potentially have 400 friends, which means that over 100,000 people could read what you just posted.  Who are all of those people?  Listen to that little voice inside of you when you post and be wise about what you share.

Check out our website for more information on how to protect yourself and your family!  Be safe and be blessed!