Don't post a photo of your vaccination card on social media, officials warn

The US Federal Trade Commission says criminals can use personal information to steal your identity. Instead, take a "vaccine selfie."

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Dale Smith is a former Associate Writer on the How-To team at CNET.
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This card's blank, but yours won't be. Exercise caution with your personal info.

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If you've been vaccinated against the coronavirus, you have plenty of reason to celebrate -- just don't do it by posting a photo of your vaccination card to social media, the Federal Trade Commission said Friday. In a blog post, the FTC points out that your vaccination card contains personal information, like your name and birth date, which bad actors can use to piece together a profile of you that could help them steal your identity. 

Instead, the FTC recommends you jump on a similar but far safer trend: vaccine selfies. The agency suggests you post a photo of your bandage or the sticker you get showing you've received the vaccine.

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