In the months leading up to your wedding day, it’s worth it to consider ways to help better protect your personal information as well as that of others while online.
Let’s start with your wedding website. If it’s not password-protected and can be found in an internet search, it would be easy for a would-be identity thief to access your name, that of your spouse-to-be, your relatives and people in your wedding party, including maiden names. The website may give other information, such as where members of your wedding party live – perhaps even where they went to school or where they work.
The same is true regarding photos on social media of bachelor or bachelorette parties, wedding showers and the event itself. Your friends may be tagging you in photos, and you may be tagging them.
Also note that listing family members like cousins could help an identity thief figure out your mother’s maiden name, which is used as a security question on many websites.
Here are some suggestions to keep in mind regarding internet safety:
— Wedding website. Make sure your wedding website or blog is password-protected and provide the password only to guests and family members. Make the password a strong one: The National Cybersecurity Alliance recommends a sentence that is at least 12 characters long and easy to remember, such as “I love wedding cake.”
— Photos. Check privacy settings on social media sites before posting photos. Make sure the photos don’t automatically show where they are taken. Check with your friends before you tag them in photos, and encourage them to check their privacy settings as well.
— Last names. Consider not making your relatives’ or friends’ last names public on a website or social media.
— Notify wedding attendants and relatives of your wishes. Would you rather guests not “check in” from your wedding or from an event? Many couples post signs at the wedding asking for guests to refrain from posting on social media. You could also speak to wedding attendants or relatives and ask them to spread the word.
— Destination weddings and your honeymoon. Refrain from posting the location and dates of destination weddings and your honeymoon on social media, and ask your friends and family to do the same. Wait until you return to post photos of your trip.
Your friends and family are thrilled to share in your wedding bliss, so be sure to do your part to help better protect their personal information.
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