Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook – right now

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re on Facebook and acting sensibly you’ll already have told the social networking site to hide your date of birth, so other Facebook users cannot view it. It’s a sensible thing to do, because your date of birth is one of those nuggets of information which can be invaluable to an identity thief.

You shouldn’t even show your date of birth on Facebook to your online ‘friends’. After all, if they’re your friends they should know when your birthday is anyway, right?

However, what I’m going to suggest you do now is go into your Facebook account and change your date of birth entirely, even if it has already been set to be hidden from view. So, if you were born on 23 November 1963 make it something like 20 July 1969 instead.

The reason why I’m telling you this is because last night I found a flaw on Facebook which allowed me to view other people’s full dates of birth. Their…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.