Austin (KXAN) - From teens to grandparents, social media is becoming the quickest way to keep up with friends and long lost relatives.
But, did you know -- what you put online or even who you're friends with could be the deciding factor in whether you get a loan?
Some tech start-ups are dedicated to finding information you don't want them to know. They're finding it in the information you post online on sites like Facebook.
For people without an established credit score, this method is the easiest way for lenders to get to know you.
Even being a friend with someone with a sketchy credit history could reflect poorly on your score.
Social media is quickly replacing the traditional references often asked for. Even sites like eBay are fair game for those nosy lenders.
As credit scores are becoming used for more important life events, it's important to maintain a good score.
Shawn Sullivan of Valhaven Wealth says the first step is knowing what your score is. It's recommended you check it once a year.
Don't be afraid to dispute something you think is an error. "About one in five people have an error on their credit report. Once you get that report, take a hard look at it," said Sullivan.
Sullivan also recommends using your credit card lightly. Don't spend more than 30% of your limit on any single purchase.
A big way to help you score is by not cancelling your credit cards. "The longer your credit history, the better chance you have of a good history, said Sullivan.
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