Information Week reports that more than half of social network users post private information online, exposing themselves to malware and identity theft.
A new study by Consumer Reports reveals that two-thirds of online households in the United States use Facebook or MySpace — almost double the number in 2009 — and 40% posted their full date of birth.
About one-quarter of Facebook users with children posted their kids’ names and pictures, which could expose them to predators. Seven percent of those polled include their home address. This, coupled with users’ frequent postings of vacation or travel plans.
Almost one-tenth of respondents had experienced problems such as malware, identity theft, harassment or scams as a result of their participation in a social network.
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