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Now What: Stolen Identity
Can my identity be stolen if I post my family tree online? Expert answers for your genealogical questions.
Q. If I post my family tree online, can my identity be stolen?
A. If you’re smart about it, creating an online family tree won’t invite cybercriminals to your door. To protect you and your family’s privacy, it’s a good idea to omit or partially hide family tree information about the living (including yourself) when posting your genealogy online. Most genealogy software programs offer this option when you export a GEDCOM file or web page. In Family Tree Maker, for example, after you choose File>Export and select a file format, you get the option to Privatize Living People. If you check this box, no facts about anyone alive will be exported, and their first names will be changed to “Living.”
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