GETTING HACKED! Here's why you should stop answering those Facebook viral quizzes

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GETTING HACKED! Here's why you should stop answering those Facebook viral quizzes
Hackers are using Facebook quizzes to trick people into voluntarily giving out their personal information.

What kind of personality do you have? What is the true meaning of your name? How are you gonna die? These and a lot more Facebook quizzes are surfacing on everybody's news feed.

Sri Sridharan, managing director at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, explains hackers want to use the information to make money. “It seems harmless but you never know who’s really asking you for that information,” he said.

Most of the quizzes ask you to log in or ask for access to your Facebook account. Sridharan says hackers can use quizzes to disguise malicious links. Some will connect to Facebook accounts in order to extract data. Hackers can even trick people into downloading malware.

“The more they know about you, the more ways they can trick you into doing something like clicking on a link you should not click on,” said Sridharan.

What are the ways to keep you safe? Well, just be wary of Internet quizzes or polls that require you to sign in or pull personal information. You don’t know who they are sharing this information with. Beware of links posted by friends that seem unusually sensational. Instead of clicking on the link, go to a trusted new source and search for the story there.


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