Anyone that has used social media has most likely run across a post entitled “Friends, let’s get to know each other better!”, or “Let’s have fun and learn something we might not otherwise know about each other!”, or something similar to those two.
These posts go on to ask you to answer a question about yourself, or sometimes a series of question. Seems like harmless fun, if you’re in to that sort of thing, but look closer at the questions. Some may be harmless, but you may start to notice certain ones like:
- In what city were you born?
- What is your favorite color?
- What was the name of you first pet?
- What street did you grow up on?
- Where did you go to high school?
Any of these questions look familiar? They should. They’re often the questions banks and other institutions have you answer to help verify your identity when you log in, or if you need to reset your password. They’re now plastered on social media for all to see.
Skeptical of this threat? Check out this article to see just how real it is. A man compromised approximately 2,000 accounts by simply looking up information on users on social media sites.