Skip to Top Main Navigation Skip to Left Navigation Skip to Content Area Skip to Footer
Texas Department of Insurance
Topics:   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z All

How to protect yourself from social media identity theft

If you use social media, you could be a target for identity theft. You can buy identity theft insurance – or it might be included in your homeowners or renters policy. But taking simple steps to protect your social media accounts can help you avoid most scams.

person liking social media posts on a phone
  1. Don’t post ID cards

    It might be tempting to post a photo of a new license or ID card, but it may include your birthday and other identifying data.

  2. Question quizzes and surveys

    Watch out for quizzes that ask for personal information. Scammers ask questions with answers you might use for security login questions, such as the model of your first car, your first pet’s name, or your hometown.
  3. Don’t overshare

    Most social media sites and apps ask you about yourself, then display that information on your profile. Be careful what you give them. The more a scammer knows about you, the easier it is to create a fake account with your information. If an app allows it, keep your profile private.

  4. Limit app sharing

    A lot of apps let you sign in with a more popular app. But when you do, you usually agree to let the new app use data from the old one. If one app is hacked, scammers can get data from every app linked to it.

  5. Close old accounts

    Scammers look for old, unused accounts with outdated passwords that are easy to hack. If you don’t use an app, delete your account.

  6. Protect family members

    Teens are the most likely to overshare. They usually have clean credit histories, which makes their identities valuable. Seniors don’t use social media as often but might not know when they’ve been hacked. It’s a good idea to check the accounts of family members in those groups.

Resource

What to know about identity theft insurance

 

For more tips like these:

Like TDI on Facebook      Follow TDI on Twitter      Sign up for email updates      Subscribe to TDI's YouTube Channel



For more information, contact: MediaRelations@tdi.texas.gov

Last updated: 12/6/2021