Security experts caution that Facebook users should stay clear of the hugely-popular 10 concerts Facebook meme.
For those who haven’t been infected by the viral game, the post asks Facebook users to publicly share a list of nine music gigs they have attended and one they have not and your Facebook friends are encouraged to guess which of these 10 listed concerts in the post is not true. While most users are happy to publish this post and share a wealth of personal information on their profile, it can also put people at risk of fraud and identity theft.
Digital analyst Brian Solis revealed: “In its essence, it could simply be fun, a low investment way to get to know your network and stimulate conversations. But in some cases”, memes can be deceptively dangerous. Experts have cautioned Facebook users that this appearing to be harmless game- could truly be a trick.
What was your first concert? Is a popular security question used to authenticate online accounts when the user has forgotten their password.
Mr Solis said, “When live shows are added to other information from a user’s profile, hackers can then approximate age, interests, religion to gain access to everything from your password to your financial information and more.”
This hugely-popular meme could be ingenious way to determine a crucial piece of missing information about a Facebook user.
Users should think before sharing any information online. These social posts could help navigate through personal information vital to unlocking other active accounts to these fraudsters.
One way to ensure you are secure against these types of social engineering attacks is to answer your security questions for online accounts with a non-sequitur. For example, Solis suggested responding to ‘what is your mother’s maiden name’ with ‘sausage Egg Muffin’ or the street you grew up on ‘Bologna Flying Saucer Sandwiches Ave.’
This is not the first time that Facebook quizzes have been at the centre of scrutiny.