Social engineering is big business. What is it? Figuring out who you are and then using that information to make money off it.

People list password challenge and identity verification publicly on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages and feeds without giving it a second thought. Maiden name? Check. Favorite pet? Check. High school? Check. Town they grew up in? Check. Favorite or first car? Check. Throwback Thursday is a social engineer’s dream! They love this stuff.

Combat this by a) not posting that information online anywhere, or b) always giving false password and identity challenge and verification information to the sites and services that require it. Keep the answer file offline. Remember, if it’s a handwritten list, you can still take a photo of it.

Super tip: update your Facebook birthday. Consider having a fake birthday that you use on social media. Not only will this help you identify who is just saying happy birthday because Facebook reminded them…it will also ensure that if someone scrapes your Facebook page, they don’t have updated information.

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