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 Queen!