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I wonder whether there is any risk in placing a scan of one's diploma online.

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  • what information is on the diploma?
    – schroeder
    Feb 24, 2016 at 4:24

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Not particularly.

The diploma itself isn't supposed to be a secure document, and is given to people to post on walls, not to present as verification of a degree. A quick google image search reveals that many, many people have posted copies of their diploma's on the internet, so it's not like this would be a rare commodity. Degree verification is done directly through the college/university, not through diplomas.

As long as you're comfortable revealing personal details of your life to everyone, I see no reason not to post a diploma. Keep in mind that posting personal details about yourself makes you a bit more vulnerable to Con-men who can try to convince you to trust them based on this. i.e. casually mentioning they went to the same school and got the same degree as you just a few years before/after you did.

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  • I agree with the answer - although "many people on the internet do this so it must be safe" can be hilariously wrong: twitter.com/needadebitcard
    – cloudfeet
    Feb 24, 2016 at 16:05
  • @cloudfeet You misread my comment. It's not "people do it so it must be safe". It's "People do it, so there's already a readily available source for diplomas for anyone who wants to to exploit them. One more is unlikely to be of any real value.". Feb 24, 2016 at 16:35
  • Ah right - my mistake. :)
    – cloudfeet
    Feb 24, 2016 at 20:11
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Not really. Someone could of course copy & paste it, edit the fields, whatever. You have the original and are thus able to prove that you have it. I know some personal websites where people have posted their certs and diplomas and even though I wouldn't do it myself, there are no security or privacy flaws here.

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