Social media is all about sharing. Connecting with friends, making new ones even interacting your favorite brands. But you don’t have to share EVERYTHING. In fact, the less you share the safer you might be. Giving out too much information can put you at risk for things like identity theft, unwanted solicitations even crimes such as burglary or stalking. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your personal information on social sites: You don’t need to fill out everything on a social network profile. Complete only the questions that are absolutely required. Make sure your password isn’t easy to figure out use a few different passwords from site to site and don't share them with anyone. Strongly consider limiting who can see your posts. Share only with people you know. An “everyone” option is not a wise choice. Never post bank account numbers, social security numbers passwords, addresses, personal phone numbers or any other private information. Your friends and family already have this information if they need it. Share your birthday if you like, but not the year. Just the month and day is fine. You'll get plenty of birthday wishes without the risk. Post vacation photos after you get back and keep your daily routine vague. Do you really want everyone including would-be thieves to know where you are all the time? Finally, always read a site's privacy policy. Yes, it'll be long and boring but at least you can see how a network uses your information and what your rights are. Social networking is great for catching up with friends and family but remember, don't share everything and don't share it with everyone.