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Reasons Why You Should Avoid Social Media Quizzes

By: Total Computer Solutions

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Which Disney princess is most like you? Are you on Santa's naughty or nice list? We can tell ten things no one knows about you! Indeed, you recognize a few of these titles as quizzes that you find on social media.

You grant the quiz creator access to your Facebook page, answer a few funny questions, and receive an answer. You have probably taken one of these social media quizzes. However, you should not be participating in them. Why? Here are few things to consider. 

Personal Information

Some hackers create social media quizzes in the hope that the quiz goes viral. When you grant a quiz creator access to your Facebook page, you provide them with a lot of personal information. This information can include:

  • Full name
  • Maiden name for married women
  • Month and day of birth, and in some cases, the year
  • Parent's names
  • Children's names
  • Spouse's name
  • Pet's name
  • High school
  • College
  • Location
  • Hometown
  • Favorite books, music, and movies
  • Political leaning

You might think that this type of information is not that important. All of your friends already know this information about you, but it can be a treasure trove for a hacker. This type of data can help hackers answer your security questions on various personal accounts. It is also information that you do not want a bad actor to have.

Hacking Passwords

Some viral social media quizzes are fronts for hackers. While most hackers have cutting-edge technology to determine passwords, it is always nice to know a little about the person. 

Did you know that in 2020 the most common password was 123456? Or that the second most common password was 123456789? You want a password that is easy for you to remember while making it difficult for someone who does not know you to guess. This is why you create a passphrase with a pet's name with your daughter's birthday or maybe your maiden name with your spouse's birthday. 

These types of passwords are simple for hackers to crack when they have access to your social media accounts. With a few clicks, they find your birthday and those of the people closest to you. A look at your photos gives them an excellent guide to your age range and possible year of birth. 

You probably have photos of your pets in your social media posts, along with favorite foods and movies. Of course, you practice internet safety and have your security settings on social media accounts for friends only. However, when you take one of those fun viral quizzes, the first step is to grant the creator access to Facebook and other social media accounts. 

Guessing the Answer to Security Question

Security questions are typically asked when you are not able to remember your password. By correctly providing the answers, you gain access to your account and can change your password. These accounts can be anything from your email to your investments. 

When you create your online account, you are asked to answer some basic security questions. You can effortlessly provide this information, such as your maiden name, place of birth, or high school mascot. It is also information that anyone with access to your social media accounts and some basic research skills can find. 

Once a hacker answers your security questions correctly, they can reset your password and move money from your accounts to an untraceable offshore account or send fraudulent emails on your behalf. You may never be able to recoup these losses, making it essential that you keep control over who has access to your social media accounts. 

At Total Computer Solutions, we understand the dangers that you face online. You must always be alert and think twice when giving away your information online. Do you want more information on how to keep safe from cyber criminals? Contact us to learn more. 

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