“I know quizzes on social media are pretty popular, but I’ve heard that some could be scams. How can I tell if a quiz is safe or not?”
With so much on the internet these days it’s tricky to tell which links are trying to lure you into a scam and which ones are safe to enjoy. Nowadays this is also true for Facebook quizzes.
Many of us have seen those online quizzes that offer to tell you “What DIY project should you do next?” or “What kind of dog breed matches your personality?” And while it’s easy to assume theses quizzes are harmless, users should beware of quizzes made by hackers to steal your information.
When scammers create Facebook quizzes that ask silly or useless questions, it can be a ruse for finding out more about a person. They can then take that information and use it to gain access to social media accounts, emails, online shopping accounts and even banking sites. Keep in mind, many of those “copy and paste” surveys ask personal information that are common security questions.
Also, hackers might include links embedded in the quiz that can cause a security breach of your personal accounts. According to Khristian Ibarrola, of Inquirer.net “Once answered, hackers can easily hijack personal accounts and use them to lure in more victims.”
In the past year, U.S. victims reported nearly 1,000 online phishing scams to BBB Scam Tracker. This is why it’s so important to take caution when unknown “friends,” quizzes or other apps request your information.
Better Business Bureau provides these helpful tips to avoid being scammed online:
Be skeptical: Before you take a quiz, figure out who created it. Is it a brand you trust?
Adjust privacy settings: Review your social media account’s privacy settings and be strict about what information you share. This can be done by checking your privacy settings to manage what information is available to the public and managing what apps have access to your information.
Remove personal details from your profile: Don’t share information such as your phone number, home address or any other personal details that could be clues to your passwords on Facebook or other accounts.
Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust. Don’t accept friend requests from people you are unsure of and don’t know.