Please Avoid Social Media Memes That Share Personal Information April 15, 2020

A popular meme on Facebook encouraging you to post high school photo can be used against you by scammers and hackers. By posting the name of your high school and year, plus for women, your maiden name, you gave key clues to bad people. Many financial institutions use high school attended, mother’s maiden name, and similar security questions to access your account or as backup if you forget your password. This is just the latest attempt to get personal information by scammers. It may have started innocently enough, but please don’t participate.

My name is pretty common, but I can find a lot about me doing a simple search, even more if I pay a few dollars. It’s scary what you can find out about yourself and others online. I went looking for a friend. The site wanted several dollars for more information, but they showed me the place where they lived for free, down to the which house it is. I am not going to go knock on the door as they may not live there now. Their names were common enough.

There are other memes around longer that ask you for other security questions. They sound innocent enough on the surface and may have been started by people who didn’t think about the possibility of how the information could be used.


About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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