By Zoe Ruderman
We’ve told you before that revealing too much information online can lead to headaches and even major problems. And we’re not just referring to typical Twitter TMI or overshare-y Facebook posts. We’re talking about the kind of information that can make you the victim of identity theft, stalking, or a break-in. And there’s something you've got to do to protect yourself.
A few Cosmo staffers noticed yesterday that our cell phone numbers were visible on our profiles. It seemed that all of a sudden, the info just popped up. There’s a very good chance this happened on your profile too, especially if you use Facebook on your smartphone. And if you’re anything like us then we’re guessing a few of your 782 “friends” are not actually friends whom you’d want to have your digits. Plus, if your profile is open for non-friends to view (bad idea), literally every single person on Facebook has access to your phone number. Yikes.
So if you don't want your cell number being made public like this, here's what you can do: log in to Facebook and delete your number from your profile. Next step: Post a status update with this link, letting all 782 of your friends—real and otherwise—to do the same.