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Study Examines Personal Information Sharing On Social Media

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There are a lot of mistakes that folks make online that could lead to identity theft. One mistake you don't want to make is posting your credit card information for everyone to see. It might sound crazy, but according to a new study, more people than you think are doing it.

TMI, that's too much information, and people are making the huge mistake of sharing that personal information all over the web. They're posting credit and debit card numbers with names clearly exposed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and that's making them targets.

A new survey from Visa just released this morning examines exactly what people are sharing over social media.

The results are shocking. 20 percent of people gave their home address on social media. Furthermore, 15 percent of people shared their travel dates, leaving them at risk for burglary, since they won't be home.

In addition, 70 percent say they've shared their social security number online. And that wasn't all. There's other personal information commonly shared that could be used to target an online account, as well.

Nearly 50 percent of people, according to the study, gave their birth date. 29 percent shared their phone number and 14 percent shared their mother's name, something commonly used for passwords.

However, there is good news too because all this is easily avoidable.

Just don't share! Also, avoid scamming sites and buying things from unsecured sites.

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