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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

The dangers of online identity theft for the LGBT community

No matter what your sexual orientation, you need to be careful about your online activity so that you don’t share too much information that could ultimately lead to theft of identity. However, numerous studies indicate that LGBT communities rely on mobile apps and the internet for dating in significantly high proportions than heterosexual singles, which inherently makes them more at risk of unintentionally sharing too much information. Whether or not you fall into this category, you have to own your internet activity and do all you can to not put yourself in a compromising position not only in your personal life but also when it comes to protection from identity theft.

  • Review your privacy settings on all social media websites that you are a member of. Consider how much information you want to share with anyone who you interact with on the internet, including close friends and family, so that you aren’t overexposed beyond the point of comfort.
  • Instant notifications can be useful in alerting you immediately to posts and photos that you are tagged in so that if you can take steps to either remove them or approve them before they have time to spread throughout the web.
  • While you always want to do research on the individuals you interact with online, do some “cyber stalking” of yourself on a semi-frequent basis. If you find your name attached with certain phrases or content that you don’t necessarily approve of, contact the websites administrator and have your identity removed.

All of these tips will not only help you retain some privacy, but it will also hopefully deter theft of identity so that your personal identification information doesn’t get compromised.