Three out of four teens overshare personal information that can make them more vulnerable to online crime, according to the results of a survey released today by LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK), an industry leader in identity theft protection. The recent survey asked more than 700 teens ages 13 to 17 about their online and social networking habits and assessed their awareness of, and engagement in, potentially risky behavior. Many teens share data that can leave them susceptible to identity theft and other dangers. Several types of personal information are being shared too often:
- 29% of those surveyed said they display their full date of birth online; 33% said they display part of their birth date, such as the month and year
- 23% reveal part of their home address and 6% show the full address
- 63% share the name of the school they attend
One way for parents to begin that conversation about online behavior is to bring up the possibility that content posted today can be viewed in the future by potential employers and others. In the survey, 49% of the teens said they do not expect their current online activity to cause negative consequences later in life.Parents and educators may find more information about identity theft and its impact at http://www.lifelock.com/education. About LifeLock LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) is a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and identity risk and credit worthiness assessment services for enterprises. Leveraging unique data, science and patented technology from ID Analytics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, LifeLock gains a comprehensive perspective into identity risk to best protect consumers. As part of its commitment to fighting identity theft, LifeLock regularly works with law enforcement officials to better understand identity theft threats and trends.