How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media

A quick pointer on how to NOT give away your personal data on Social media. I’m going to focus on a specific way I mainly see on Facebook as well as other platforms but I shall primarily use Facebook as an example. And I’m not for one moment saying these pages are harvesting your data, but they are a goldmine for those who want to.

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
First Job

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
Marriage

The first picture is fairly self-explanatory, answer and you have just given away your age! The second one is slightly more obscure, it is fishing for your security question information. The first job is a security question on some websites. The last in blue is essentially how long you have been married.

Ok, this seems incredibly paranoid and you might be thinking who would trawl through this website and pick out this information about you? It’s not created by some kids in a basement somewhere, these and even worse quizzes can be created by big criminal networks to harvest your data!

 

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
Last 3 digits of your phone number

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
Favourite movie

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
Favourite song

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
Giving away personal information

The last one is slightly more obscure but people tend to tag their siblings in the reply, thus giving away more information about you and your family! You are being socially engineered to give your information away.

A quick note on Passwords

Passwords can be the bane of modern life and the original instructions were to never write them down. That has changed, however. It is OK to write them down as long as you don’t keep the book or paper next to the computer. Or worse still, have them on post-it notes attached to the computer. I keep mine all in a book which I update regularly when one changes. I keep the book tucked away in a draw, nowhere near a computer. For more information see Computer Passwords and being safe online.

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media – the why…

As you can see, if you are not aware, it is extremely easy to give away your personal data. I mentioned the full-on Facebook quizzes earlier- they are even worse! The full-blown quizzes manipulate you by the desire to feel included and make you feel unique or special in some way. Once you have clicked on the quiz the developer/maker of the quiz can gain access to your public profile data, friends list and email address and maybe more.

Once you have taken the quiz you are encouraged to share your result by posting it. Obviously, you’ve passed the quiz and they say something nice about you – they show you an insight into your character you find amusing or desirable. Of course, if the quiz result was something nasty about you you wouldn’t share it, so by saying something nice you are more likely to share the result on your timeline. Now your friends can see, thus advertising their quiz and enabling more personal data harvesting. So the best answer to these problems is not to take quizzes or answer questions, even if it is just to find out what your name means!

How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media – Conclusions

If you do want to find out what your name means, you can do it without taking a quiz! just use google or a search engine of your choice…

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How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media

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