Time and time again I’m totally amazed at how much personal information people will hand-out to complete and utter strangers. A study by Sophos showed that on Facebook around 45% of people will accept invites from totally unknown people with rubber ducks as their profile pictures.
And what stuns me is that a whopping 89% of twenty-somethings willingly handed over their full date of birth. The 50-somethings wern’t much better at 57%.
Hello? Anyone got a clue? Complete stranger asking for your DoB? Are you really that desperate for friends?
So, if you’re a savvy geek, make sure that your friends, relatives, children get a clue.
- Only accept invites from people you know
- Don’t hand out personal info.
- Understand how the privacy controls on the social networking site work
- And just because the site wants to know something, you don’t have to fill it in or even tell the truth!