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6 ­nexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information


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Mental Floss and Discover have assembled a list of places hackers go to find private information hiding in plain sight.

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It's hard to be active online without sharing personal information about yourself. There's some data you may know never to make public—like your Social Security number and home address—but sharing facts like your birthday or your parents' names can also open you up to identity theft. Mental Floss and Discover put together this list of places hackers go to find private information hiding in plain sight.

1. Social media

Entering as much personal information as possible on your social media pages makes hackers' jobs a lot easier. Many social networking sites ask you to fill out basic information about yourself, such as where you live, where you work, your birthday, and who your family members are. You may not see the harm in sharing this data with your circle of friends, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can be used hack into your accounts and steal your identity. Even if your profile is set to private, limit the identifying information you share on social media.

 

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