Do you think about your security often? I know that it’s not in the front of my mind as often as it should be.

About 6 months ago, I was contacted through my website by a client who wanted a large banner design. They knew what they wanted and conveyed it clearly.

They even offered to pay for the full cost of the design upfront. I sent them an invoice and they said they were going to mail me a check. Everything seemed great until the check arrived. It was made out for over $1000 dollars more than the invoice. They wanted me to wire them back the leftover money (minus some for my “troubles.”)

Now, immediately I knew this was a scam as I’ve encountered the same type of scam before. However, one thing continued to bother me: he had my first and last name, phone number, email address, and home address, all of which were on the invoice. He had all of my information!

Freelancers tend to share their information quite often. Because of this, it’s extremely important to know what information you should and shouldn’t share.

Know What Information to Share

The thought of sharing your personal information with your employer doesn’t seem too strange, does it?

Well, when you’re working online doing freelance work, it can be a security risk. It’s likely that you can’t confirm the actual identity of the person you’re working for, and it’s rare that you would have their address (not to mention that anyone online can give you false information).

Never share your banking details, passwords, or social security number and if you can avoid it, try to keep your address to yourself as well.

Employers really shouldn’t require too much information from you, especially if the job is temporary.”

See the other 7 security tips at Freelancers Union.