The Civil Guard has recalled, throught social media, that not everything goes on the Internet. Despite the fact that we are increasingly exposed to other people thanks to platforms such as Instagram, Twitter or TikTok, there are a series of barriers that we must never pass if we want to safeguard our security both on the Internet and in real life. Are you one of those who share where they are at all times? Here we show you some of the data that you should never reveal on the networks.
First of all, the Civil Guard reminds us that we should never share our date of birth with third parties. Why? According to the Benemérita Relying on a guide from the National Cybersecurity Institute (Incibe), our date of birth can be a key element for the theft of our identity or for extorting us. For the same reason, and since it can be key when recovering an account for which we do not remember the password, try not to share your full date of birth with third parties.
Do not publish your date of birth or where you are
Next, the tweet from the Civil Guard reminds us that we do not have to publish our current position either because it can be dangerous. As stated by the Internet Security Office on its website, every time we publish our location we are reporting when we leave our house uninhabited or our daily routines. Information that could be used by those who try to enter your home, who could enter your home when you are not present.
What kind of information should you not post on #rrss?
🔴Date of birth: identity theft / extortion
🔴Location: you report your routines
🔴 Home: theft / identity theft
🔴nº📱 and 📧: danger of attack by social engineering
– Civil Guard 🇪🇸 (@guardiacivil) November 15, 2021
On the other hand, and to avoid any possible theft or identity theft, the police force recommends that we also not publish our address on social networks. As explained by the Incibe, leaving our home in full view of everyone can facilitate the theft of our home or the impersonation of our identity. Therefore, and in case someone asks you for your address for any reason, better in a private conversation or by phone.
How to avoid social engineering attacks
Lastly, we must not share our mobile phone number or email account to avoid a social engineering attack. The Internet Security Office explains that this type of data can give a lot of information to third parties who seek to carry out some type of attack by these means. Among other things, they could bombard our mail with emails with spam or resort to phishing to get our bank details.
In short, and before publishing any content on social networks, think carefully about what type of information you are sharing and who it can reach. Thanks to this, you will avoid sharing data that is too sensitive that may attract the attention of potential thieves who want to take advantage of it.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.