Just in time for high school and college graduations across the country, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) weighed in this week with a sobering piece of advice for students — consider not posting photos or info about graduation on Facebook. According to the consumer protection agency, hackers can easily use your school name and graduation year to uncover more information about you, including your birthdate, location, family members and more.
In addition to these graduation posts, the BBB also advised against filling out the personality quizzes and “personal list posts” that have gone viral in recent weeks during the COVID-19 quarantine. According to experts, these answers can be used to glean your password or answers to common security questions.
“While this may seem innocent enough, bad actors use this information for data mining — as many of these games include answers that are clues to security questions on private accounts,” Oregon state Better Business Bureau director Danielle Kane told a local CBS affiliate. “Just as sharing your senior picture with graduation date and high-school name gives scammers an opportunity to piece together a profile for you, making it easier to hack your accounts or steal your identity.”
All of these precautions seem like a bit of a buzzkill, but it’s undeniable: the more you share on social media, the more likely it is your private information could eventually be compromised.
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