Local Banks Warning of Social Media Being Used for Identity Theft
SPOKANE, Wash. - Is your password your dog's name, maybe where you went to school? Sometimes these passwords that you think may be difficult to crack may not be. Think about what information is in your online profile.
Kelly McFee from America West bank in Spokane says thieves are now browsing social networking profiles like those on Facebook and MySpace to find out little tid-bit's of information they can use against you. McFee says sometimes the clues may not actually be your passwords but other information that can help them answer common security challenge questions and access your account.
Security experts suggest you never use the same password for your bank as other websites, and that you limit the information on your social networking site. They also suggest you limit the very basics like when you are going on vacation and will be out of the home, still one of the easiest ways crooks can get your information is by breaking into your home.
*This web story was filed by Tom Durian.
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