If You Posted 10 Concerts on Facebook, You May Have Left Yourself Open to a Hacker
The popular meme may pose a threat to your online privacy and security
If you recently took part in a popular Facebook meme, you may have made your account vulnerable to hacking.
Security experts claim that the meme, known as "10 Concerts I've Been To, One is a Lie," could pose a threat to users' online security and privacy. They are concerned that it may reveal too much information about users' background and preferences. In addition, it sounds like the kind of security question that you may be asked on a website containing sensitive or confidential information to verify your identity, such as a banking site.
According to National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Michael Kaiser, the meme poses a moderate security risk. He believes that the main danger is the information that can be revealed about the user through social engineering.
The meme could inadvertently provide information about a user's age, musical tastes, and even their religious affiliation—information that marketers can use to target ads.
The phenomenon is similar to Facebook quizzes. The answers may seem innocent, but they can reveal specific information about a user's upbringing, culture, and other identifying details.
"You are expressing things about you, maybe in more subtle ways than you might think," Kaiser cautioned.