When you participate and share online, you contribute data to your online identity - this includes...
What you post about yourself (photos, comments, etc)
What others post about you
What you post/repost about others
Because of the ease at which others can copy and share, these posts can become a permanent record. Before sharing ask yourself….
Identity theft is when someone pretends to be you for fraudulent purposes such as...
While identity theft is growing, it is still a rare occurance - according to the RCMP, in 2013 less than 20,000 people reported a some form of identity theft. That's only .06% of Canada's total population. These are the most important pieces of information you need to protect:
If you are being asked for these details ask why and don't provide if you don't have to. Check the Terms of Service to find out how your personal information will be used.