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Do you have an "official" birthday?

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madamecholet Sun 31-Jul-16 20:11:08

Whenever I am asked for my date of birth by anyone other than banks, credit card companies, etc I never give my real birth date, but use another date. It’s always the same date, but was chosen completely at random when I set up my first email account. I thought most people did this, but an article in today’s Sunday Times suggests that many people don’t realise the dangers of giving their real birth date to any online site that asks for it. I can’t give you a link, you need to subscribe to view the entire article online, but it reports that identity theft is currently a huge and growing problem and social networking sites, in particular, are a hunting ground for criminals.

I don’t do Facebook and I try not to give out too much personal information on internet forums or say anything online that would make it easy to identify me. Are other Gransnetters equally cautious; do you also have an “official” birthday – just like the Queengrin!

tanith Sun 31-Jul-16 20:17:20

No but I am careful about any information I divulge.

Cherrytree59 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:30:33

No! But think I will now.
Do you keep it around your actual age Madamecholet?
Or do you have younger alter Ego wink

nightowl Sun 31-Jul-16 20:45:49

When asked for my dob on shopping sites etc I always put 01/01/1900. It's never been queried yet.

madamecholet Sun 31-Jul-16 20:49:46

I hadn't thought of having a younger alter ago, Cherrytrees. I do keep it to round about my real age, as sometimes companies send you details of products that they think would interest you and I don't want to inundated with emails about remedies for teenage acne!grin

nightowl I think you are wonderful for your age!

nightowl Sun 31-Jul-16 21:27:23

Why thank you madamecholet grin

NotTooOld Sun 31-Jul-16 21:37:11

Hmm, I hadn't thought of that. I'm very cagey about what information I give out but in future I will be having a different birthday. Thanks for the heads-up.

Katek Sun 31-Jul-16 22:06:05

I never give my phone number. Systems are just looking for an 11 digit number before they let you move to next stage, so I enter 01234 000000. It's been accepted every time.

rubylady Mon 01-Aug-16 02:51:11

Some good tips there, thank you. smile

Charleygirl Mon 01-Aug-16 08:50:20

Thanks, this has been a wake up call for me.

madamecholet Mon 01-Aug-16 09:31:48

Just to clarify why it’s simpler to always use the same date, some shopping sites will ask for your dob if you call them to talk about your order, so you need to be able to remember the date you gave them originally.

Katek, I hadn’t realised the systems would accept any 11-digit number. I have been giving my real area code and then random numbers, but I’ll switch to your way of doing it now.

Meriel Mon 01-Aug-16 10:10:23

Brilliant ideas. I am careful but now I will be even more so. Thanks.

grandmaz Mon 01-Aug-16 10:10:41

thanks for this - have just changed my birthdate on facebook - will be interesting to see how many family and friends question this next!!

I shall never use my correct birthdate again, when using the inernet - am really shocked at how naive I've been!

Disgruntled Mon 01-Aug-16 10:11:25

Oh, wow, this is all so enlightening! Thank you. I have been clueless. I'd better get my act together!

Teetime Mon 01-Aug-16 10:12:19

No I hadn't thought of it - we never give our right phone number out on line though.

lilihu Mon 01-Aug-16 10:13:03

Since first going online many many years ago, I have ALWAYS used my "official" birthday. No company or competition needs my actual birthday. The actual date is irrelevant.
I can understand firms wanting to see which demographic uses/follows them but they have no need of your actual DOB. If a site is hacked, the hackers get quite an amount of info. Your DOB is the icing on the cake.
I can't believe the amount of info that some people have on their public Facebook accounts. Makes it so much easier for fraudsters.

oznan Mon 01-Aug-16 10:14:56

Would never have thought of having an "official" birthday but am always careful about giving info online.I never give my home or mobile number and just put an area code followed by 0's or just eleven 0's for mobile.It annoys me when sites state that they need a phone number in case they might need to contact you when they already have your e-mail address and postal address if ordering goods.

RAF Mon 01-Aug-16 10:14:59

DOB always out by 1 year, 1 month and 1 day. Random phone number. I am always thrilled when someone says they were unable to find my phone number online. As we are ex-directory, that's the way it should be! smile

ninathenana Mon 01-Aug-16 10:18:23

Great idea smile
I've always mixed up the digits for my phone number but never thought about d.o.b.

Lilyflower Mon 01-Aug-16 10:21:26

Thanks to everyone for all the good hints on this thread regarding birthdays and phone numbers. I'll adopt them from now on.

My own piece of advice is NEVER to give ANY information at all out over the phone. When phoned by non personal parties I make clear that I am not prepared to give info over the phone. This is usually politely accepted and then followed by a question such as, 'So are you the householder?'. I then make a polite excuse and and the call. I certainly recommend this procedure to others as a neutral question answered will be followed by others increasingly intrusive until you give away something you shouldn't.

Ramblingrose22 Mon 01-Aug-16 10:26:34

Just to add that Comapnies House may have your date of birth on their website for all to see because if you are the director or secretary of a company, that information is asked for on the online return.
I keep meaning to find out how to get them to remove this information.
If anyone knows, please tell me!

vissos Mon 01-Aug-16 10:27:27

I always use my fave footballer's birthday, and I have a 'sacrifice' mobile if I need a number - but thanks for that tip re the number of digits. Why I never thought to make up a number is beyond me ;-)
On Facebook, I always used to change my birthday, making my age at the next one 100 - but they stopped you being able to change your birthday more than 3 (I think) times, so spoiled my fun. Can't remember how old I am on there now.

henbane Mon 01-Aug-16 10:28:16

False phone no doesn't always work - some sites will check and tell you it is an invalid number, not sure how they do this! And if you find a number that works it may mean someone else is getting pestered by phone calls querying your orders - this happened to me once, kept getting phone calls about deliveries for someone else.
Didn't think of false birthdate and probably too late now as I shall lose track of which sites have which day. I do have 3 different emails though, for different purposes.

radicalnan Mon 01-Aug-16 10:30:07

I too use another birthdate unless it for official purposes.........I now also have another weight, because I am rotund and to buy migraine meds over t he counter you have to give some details to the pharmacist, I own up to half what I weigh and it is never queried...................

Smithy Mon 01-Aug-16 10:32:25

I always thought I was careful and security conscious, but have never thought of that, Madame Cholet. That's a great tip, thank you. The telephone number, I usually put in an old mobile number that I don't have now but from now on I will just make one up. Great advice!