Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Sensitive Information with Family and Friends

We love our families and friends like no one else, but haven’t you ever heard that there is just some information you shouldn’t share with anyone, not even them?


Sometimes, when you make passwords on certain websites or receive a security code, the organization tells you not to share the information with anyone. And if those things couldn’t convince you, there’s also your Social Security number, which is basically who you are in the United States.


So, what are the dos and don’ts of sharing personal information with family and friends? It kind of depends. Let’s learn about it.

Take Home Security Seriously

If you’ve recently gotten one of the many home security systems on the market today, then you know yours comes with a control panel from which you can do anything you need to within the system.


It is from here that you can input the security code you would need to avoid an alarm sounding whenever you come home from being out. Who do you trust with that code? Obviously, your family and friends should have it if they come over a lot or watch your house for you. But be careful about who else knows your code. That could be inviting trouble if it gets into the wrong hands.

Protect Your Health

Healthcare information is among the most sensitive data we own as individuals. No one but your healthcare provider has the right to know what is going on with you.


Now, as we know, you can designate an individual to get this information about you, someone like a spouse or parent, but be careful about who else you share with. It isn’t your employer’s right to know about your health, and we imagine you enjoy that privacy. So be careful with health information. Don’t give in and overshare. It could go the wrong way for you at some point.


We all have passwords. We have them for our banking apps, internet browsers, emails, and utility accounts. In general, you should never have to share this information with anyone. But we also know that friends and family share passwords for their cable, streaming platforms, and other forms of entertainment.


Just be careful that information doesn’t spread around. Some malicious actor could use that account access to spend money in your name.


Always make sure you trust those you share with, and you should be fine. But be selective in this. Don’t be afraid to protect yourself. No one else is going to do it.

By Sam

Sam Lowy is a writer, actor, comedian, musician, and everything in between. A true jack of all trades, Sam is constantly striving to learn and grow. Whether it's for a festival or just a once-in-a-lifetime club show, Sam loves to travel across the country to catch the best artists around. When he's at home in Tempe, AZ, Sam enjoys reading, playing guitar, and watching Frasier, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.