MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Better Business Bureau encourages graduating seniors to think twice before uploading senior pictures to social media.
According to the organization, scammers surf social media sites looking for #ClassOf2020 posts. This gives hackers the name of the high school and graduation year, which are common online security questions.
An internet search can reveal more information about you, including family members, your real name, birth date and where you live.
The BBB cautions everyone to mind what they are sharing. Even if you think it’s going to your friends, it may also be going elsewhere.
Other recent viral personal list posts include all the cars you’ve owned (including makes/model years), favorite athletes, and top 10 favorite television shows.
Remember: some of these “favorite things” are commonly used passwords or security questions. If your social media privacy settings aren’t high, you could be giving scammers valuable information.
BBB offers the following tips to keep you safe on social media:
Resist the temptation to play along. While it’s fun to see others’ posts, if you are uncomfortable participating — don’t.
Review your security settings. Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom.
Change security questions/settings. If you are nervous about something you shared – which may possibly open you up to fraud – review and change your security settings for banking and other websites.
Be skeptical: Before you take a quiz, figure out who created it. Is it a brand you trust? Just because something appears to be fun and innocent, doesn’t mean there isn’t an inherent risk.
Remove personal details from your profile: Don’t share information like your phone number or home address on social media accounts.
Don’t give answers to common security questions: Be cautious if the questions in a quiz ask for things like your mother’s maiden name, the street you grew up on, or the name of your high school.
Monitor Friend Requests: Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Also, be wary of a second friend request from someone you are currently connected with; the second profile may be an imposter trying to access your data and your Friends list.
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