With almost 3.6 billion people in the world using some form of social media; it’s a little wonder we often see “Don’t accept a new friend request from me as I’ve been hacked” pop on our news feed daily.
There are a number of ways hackers gain access to your Facebook or other social media profiles, most of the time we are just giving hackers free entrance to our accounts.
Facebook Quizzes are one of the most common ways of gaining access to our profiles, who of us read the terms and conditions when we click accept before taking a quiz, also how many of you who have already logged into Facebook actually login again when prompted to do so, all you are doing there is sending your credentials to a server somewhere in the world just collecting usernames and passwords, and with 1.79 billion daily users there a very good chance that everyday users simply just take the quizzes without giving them a second thought.
Below is an image of a user already logged into Facebook but being prompted to enter their password when trying to start a quiz.
The Facebook quizzes that entice you by stating that nobody gets 100% of the questions right are challenging you to try, the fact of the matter is even if you were to get them wrong, most would report that you got 100% correct and then ask you to share and challenge your friends.
Facebook Quizzes such as ‘What kind of pizza are you?’ or which Harry Potter Character are you as they are just data mining.
personality Facebook quizzes sort us into social groups where we feel safe knowing that there are others just like us, however, the answer you give is sometimes answers to questions your bank could ask you in their security steps when you ring them such as mother’s maiden name, your first pets name, your favourite food or colour, your first car.
If you think about how many Facebook quizzes are out there and how many answers have been given, over time they will collect enough information about you through these and attempt to impersonate your or even clone accounts. The next time you ring your bank, phone or utility company, listen to the security questions they ask you, I bet you have given these out in a quiz at some point, once they find a person that takes these quizzes quite often you will be probably targeted a lot more so they can glean even more personal information.
Also when you allow the app to share data not only the quiz information these third-party apps collect. They plug into a social media host and collect information that’s located in your Facebook profile, including all your connected friends so they can create a new profile cloning your own Facebook account, you’ve probably had such requests from friends with who you are already connected to.
- All your public information: name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, etc.
- Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
- Your entire Friends list
- All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
- Education history
- Hometown and current city
- Everything you’ve ever liked
- IP address
- Info about the device you’re using including browser and language
Remember Cambridge Analytica made use of a personality facebook quiz called This is my digital life, over 270,000 users took the quiz, however, the test required takers to give access not just to their profile data but the profile data of all their Facebook friends as well, all by clicking that agree button when asked, most users blindly just clicking agree.
50 million people had their personal info sent to Cambridge Analytica, and according to Facebook, this was not a breach of its service.
The internet can be a wonderful place with lots of useful information, but be careful as there are thousands of users out there willing to scam you for every penny you have, and it happens too, take a look at this Virgin Media-Tech Scam.
I’m also going to link to a YouTube channel of Jim Browning (not his real name) as this shows you a snippet of the scams that are out there and how people fall for them, just keep in mind that the internet is not as safe as you may think it is.
The quiz developers now have access to all of your information and even your friends’. This information includes Personal info, current location, work history and even religious views, among other things, some can even post.
Most quizzes seemingly innocent enough but Hackers can use the answers to these questions to build fake profiles, hack into other accounts or even steal your identity, Some quizzes ask questions that are similar to security questions when setting up an account, such as where you were born, the name of the street you lived on, your favourite pet and more, they may not ask you or them in one quiz but after taking a few quizzes hackers will build enough of a profile up to even gain access to your bank.