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You get access to a lot of information on your social media newsfeed. In one quick swipe, you can see who's celebrating their birthday, holidaying on the other side of the world or moving into a new home.

But there is such a thing as oversharing. Especially, as fraudsters are using social media more and more to piece together your information and use it to commit identity fraud.

To help you protect your personal information, we explain the details you should never give out on social media.

Don't include personal information in your username

You have to come up with a unique username on sites like Twitter and Instagram. When doing this, make sure you pick one that doesn't reveal too much about yourself.

For example, "JohnSmith_Manchester" or "Claire.Smith.London' might not be the best idea, as it reveals too much personal information.   

Be careful about the information you share

You might think that it's harmless to include your full name, date of birth and where you live on your social media - but think again.

This information is the first thing a fraudster will use to try to guess your passwords. To be on the safe side, try to limit how much information you give out. And if you still want to get birthday messages, simply remove the year you were born.

Only connect with people you know

It can be flattering to accept friend requests from old work colleagues or high-school friends. But do you really want people that you haven't spoken to in years to have access to your personal information?

It can be wise to have a regular clear out of friends or followers on social media. You don't even have to block or delete people, just change your settings to limit the amount of access they have to your profile.

Your profile should be private to the general public as well, so only your friends and followers have full access to it.

Think twice about what you post

We know this might seem obvious, but you should never post pictures of your credit card, bill or new driving licence on social media.

You'll not only give your followers access to your full name and address, but sensitive information like your account number as well. While, fraudsters won't be able to use this information by itself to gain access to your finances, it could help them build up a clearer picture of your identity.

Use the same password for your social media accounts? Find out how using the same password could put you at risk.

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