So, you get a notification that soon you will receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Sure, you want to share the good news, however experts warn that scammers could potentially use the information on your card.
Recently, there has been a surge in social media posts featuring peoples' vaccine cards. You should think twice before posting your vaccine card as you can give criminals the data they need to create and sell fake vaccination cards. Remember, that your vaccine card contains important personal information such as your name, date of birth, and when and where you were vaccinated.
These cards are the only proof that people have that they've been vaccinated. If you post your vaccination card on social media, scammers could potentially steal your card and use it as their own pass into public places or use it to receive a second dose and furthermore, profit from your personal information since health care records sell for more than Social Security and credit card numbers on the dark web.
Your digital wellness is just as important as your physical wellness, so protecting your online data is crucial. Do not to post photos with your name and other identifiable information on the internet. However, if you choose to post such an information, do the following:
1. Check your privacy settings
Think about who you want to share the good news with and what social media platform to choose.
Better create private groups or carefully select who can see your posts.
Make sure that you've updated your privacy settings accordingly.
2. Find alternatives to share that you're vaccinated
It would be better to share a picture of yourself outside the vaccination center.
If your vaccination center provides 'I got vaccinated' stickers, you can post a picture of that as well.
By following these steps, you can help ensure that your online security will not be jeopardized by celebrating your vaccination.