You must never give out certain personal information online so as to remain safe from cyber crime of any kind. Your personal details make you vulnerable to the evils of cyber crime and you must be very vigilant as you go for anonymous chats or online transactions. Listed here are the 5 things which you should never reveal online.
1. Complaints and abuses
Whatever you do online creates a permanent mark somewhere in the digital world that constitutes the Internet. It can always be traced back to you accurately to the point from where you used the computer/laptop, even the time, date and location by professionals. So never post complaints or abuses against your bosses or teachers, how much ever you loathe them, as you never know who might be hell bent to find out who did so and finally you might end up getting caught.
2. Your phone number
If you post your personal contact number on social networking sites, you do so at your own risk. It is always advisable not to reveal your phone number online to anyone you do not know in person. An email address is best for unknown people to contact you. Keep your phone number to yourself and avoid unnecessary harassment from creepy strangers who seek to unnecessarily trouble you, if nothing else.
3. Your address
Never give away your residential address online. And most certainly never to those sites which congratulate you upon being the lucky winner of some attractive free gift. These sites will always ask for your address where they would send your “free gift”. Do not take chances as mostly these sites are fraudulent and you might end up being in big trouble if you give away your address.
4. Your bank account details
All your online bill payments, ticket bookings are directed through secure websites but never give away bank account details like your ATM PIN number or your account number, no matter who asks for it. Whatever temptation you might be subjected to, remember it could be a trap set by identity thieves.
5. Your intimate/personal photographs
Your intimate photographs are extremely personal to you and you do not want others to meddle with it. If at all you want to share it with friends on social networking sites, make sure your privacy settings are so set that not everybody can view or access those photographs. Keep in mind that anything you post on the Internet, whether you eventually delete it or not, has a permanent record in the form of a digital mark which can be traced back to you. So think before you post any intimate/personal photograph on the Internet.