Do Not take that Stupid Facebook Quiz

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Where should you live in the world? What Game of Thrones family are you in? What is the food that best describes your personality? All of these answers are given and found by doing quizzes on Facebook. You have surely seen them if you use Facebook, and have may have taken these quizzes, but you definitely might want to consider stopping. If you have ever used one of these quizzes, you have probably given these third-party apps permission to access some of your personal data. Not only does this affect you, it might also affect the people on your friends list. How does it affect you? These answers can sometimes crack password reset questions,

Here are some tips that you can use to protect yourself:

Use Two-Factor Authentication – Almost all social media sites offer two-factor authentication. This allows you to further lockdown your accounts, as you won’t be able to sign in with only a password. Instead, you need a password and a code, which is often sent to you via text message. So, no one can log into your account even if they have your password, unless they also have access to your phone and texts.

Stop Taking Quizzes – The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to stop taking those quizzes. Though they look innocent enough, every click gives the company information on you. It’s true that not all companies collect your personal info, but you really have to do some digging in the terms of service to see if they do or not.

Check Your Privacy Settings – When is the last time you reviewed your privacy settings on Facebook? If you are like most of us, it’s probably been awhile. So, take some time to log in and do this. If you need a tip, choose to only share with yourself by clicking “Only Me” on all of the settings. That’s the safest, but after all, this is SOCIAL media, so you might want to pick and choose.

Look at What You Share – You should also look in your app security to find out what you are sharing with third-parties. You might be surprised at what you see.

Delete Old Accounts – Finally, make sure that you take a look at, and delete, any old social media accounts. If you don’t want to delete it, at a minimum, change your password. Also, Google yourself and see what accounts come up. If you can find it, you can bet that a hacker can.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.


Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  2. Debra Leisek 10/25/2018 01:04 AM
  3. Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence 10/25/2018 06:37 AM
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Good heads up information. Our data is getting exposed in new and different ways on a regular basis.


Oct 12, 2018 07:32 AM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

MSN's home page drvies me crazy with their daily questions with multiple choice and also what 60s knowledge I have.

Oct 12, 2018 04:47 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Robert- what looks like fun is just a wolf in grandma's clothing, isn't it!  This Cyberville stuff is getting to be no fun. 

Oct 12, 2018 05:23 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, as always, for the security tips. I never take Facebook quizzes and have cleaned up all the apps. These are really good suggestions for staying safe!


Oct 13, 2018 07:58 AM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I stopped doing those quiz related posts a long time ago when they asked a personal question that opened my eyes a bit!  Not going there.  I have 2 factor authentication and checked account access. I'm okay so far!  Whew!  Thank you for always sharing relevant, important information for us!

Oct 13, 2018 11:26 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                             Thank you, Robert. 

Oct 13, 2018 07:05 PM #21
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Robert, thanks for the tips - great reminders, I appreciate them. About sharing, I am not quite sure I understand how can you choose to share with myself only - it would be visible to you only, right? When you share a post, the reason is that you would like more of your friends to read it or see it. 

Oct 14, 2018 05:53 AM #22
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good to know.  Thanks for the info, Robert.

Oct 14, 2018 06:06 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I do not take any of those quizzes but many of my friends do. 

Great advice on protecting yourself on social media!

Oct 14, 2018 07:02 AM #24
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I also wonder about those poignant stories that we are encouraged to share. Not sure what the gain is for someone, but I'm very suspicious :)  Great advice Robert. Thank you. 

Oct 14, 2018 08:34 AM #25
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Robert Siciliano,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! Thank you for always sharing relevant, important information for us and giving us a heads up on how to protect ourselves!

Oct 14, 2018 09:31 AM #26
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I missed this one so glad Carol Williams  featured this in SCS and that Kathy Streib aslo  did  .Great info as always ..

Oct 14, 2018 12:48 PM #27
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Great info. I always figured those quizzes were for marketing purposes or something and stayed away. I'll continue to do so!

Oct 15, 2018 03:37 AM #28
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I don't even answer industry quizes why would I answer a private company's quiz? But then I don't do much on Facebook. I try, but my heart is not in it so why bother. Primarily I maintain a presence.

Oct 15, 2018 01:29 PM #29
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I never take those silly quizzes and also..I never use my facebook log in info for other sites...feel too vunerable!

Oct 16, 2018 01:29 PM #30
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

You are right! These quizzes can give away some of our personal info.

And how about the posts that make you give out your date of birth? Its scary how hackers can easily get the private info to compromise our online safety.

Oct 17, 2018 05:26 PM #31
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

As always, this is excellent advice. I advise all I know to beware of quizzes!

Oct 19, 2018 08:56 PM #32
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

This is really worhtwhile information. We can all use this and should share it 

Gabe Sanders  reblogged it and I am glad he did because that is how i saw it

I will reblogg too!

Oct 25, 2018 01:02 AM #33
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Robert Siciliano,

Gabe Sanders re-blogged your post so glad to see you getting more traction on this post. Excellent advice on keeping us safe out there on social media!

Oct 25, 2018 05:53 AM #34
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Robert --- lessons learned. Some immediately, others are learned eventually and others well...

Good post.

Oct 25, 2018 07:33 AM #35
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