Beware Of Revealing Too Much Info On Those Facebook Personality Quizzes

December 21, 2017

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You see them pop up on your Facebook timeline and although they appear to be harmless fun, those personality quizzes could open yourself up to identity theft! Popular Facebook quizzes often ask users to answer a series of sharable personal questions such as "who was your childhood best friend", "your first car" and "the place you [were] born" to “your favorite place," "your first pet and "city you were born." Those questions may sound familiar as they are some of the security questions used on financial web sites to identify you.  Hackers can use these questions to build a profile and hack into your accounts or open lines of credit, the department said. They could also trick you into clicking on malicious links. Experts say it's OK to take part in a Facebook quiz, but you should never reveal certain personal facts. Take quizzes only from respected websites, and always carefully vet ones that ask for your email address to access the poll or quiz. And while you're at it, consider steering clear of viral memes, like this one from 2017, which asked Facebook users to name memorable concerts (yet another common security question).

SOURCE: Mashable

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