Yes, Facebook makes it easier to share birthdays, favorite locations and contact information with friends, but it also makes it easier for us to become a victim of identity fraud. We blame Facebook for using our personal information for their own gain, but we're not helping when we share our most personal details with any social media outlet that will listen.
And it's not just on Facebook. In 2011, 11.6 million U.S. adults were victims of identity theft, according to the California Office of Privacy Protection, and a lot of those thefts come from our carelessness when sharing our personal information online. The passwords you choose, how you treat your smartphone, and what you display on your Facebook page may all seem like second nature, but the truth is you should be actively thinking about your privacy when doing any of these everyday activities. Check out the graphic below to see how carelessness can lead to identity theft, and read about the simple ways that you can help protect yourself from becoming a victim, including getting identity theft protection.