Half of Social Networkers Post Risky Information, Study Finds

Tuesday May 4th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Nine percent of social network users report experiencing some sort of trouble due to their social networking.

Computerworld: A new survey from Consumer Reports says that 52 percent of social network users have posted information that could be used to commit crimes against them. More specifically, 42 percent of Facebook users post their full birth dates, 16 percent post children's names, 63 percent post photos of themselves and 7 percent post their home address.

"Many people use social networking sites to share personal information and photos with their friends quickly and easily," said Jeff Fox, technology editor for Consumer Reports. "However there are serious risks involved, which can be lessened by using privacy controls offered by the sites."

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