Monthly Archives: December 2020

Think Twice Before Taking That Facebook Quiz

surveillanceTaking a Facebook quiz may seem like a harmless way to pass the time, but it could also give scammers your personal information. These seemingly harmless surveys that fill your feed could end up giving corrupt hackers the answers to your online security questions.

Social Media Quizzes and Online Safety Don’t go Hand-in-Hand

You see a fun quiz some social media platform and think, what’s the harm in playing along, right? You answer a few questions and prove how well you know a move. Or you take a short personality test to match with a character from your favorite TV show. Whatever the case may be, the answers you provide in these quizzes and surveys can impact your online safety.

Whether you end up providing the name of your pet or your birth city, many of the questions of these games are similar—if not identical—to security questions used by banks and other institutions. You may be giving out the answers to your security questions without realizing it.

Hackers can use these answers to build a profile and hack into your accounts or open lines of credit. They can also trick you into clicking on malicious links.

Tips to Avoid Social Media Scams

Adjust privacy settings: Review account’s privacy settings and be conservative about what information you share and who you’re sharing it with.
Remove personal information from your profile: Avoid sharing your phone number or home address on social media accounts.
Be skeptical: Before you take a Facebook quiz or social media survey, figure out who created it. Is it a trusted brand? Just because something appears to be innocent and fun doesn’t make it safe.
Don’t provide the answers that may match your security answers: Be cautious if the questions in a quiz ask for your mother’s maiden name, street you grew up on, or the name of your high school.

Experts say it’s okay to take part in the occasional quiz, but for the sake of online safety, you should never reveal certain personal facts. Only take part in those shared by respected websites, and be wary of those that ask for your email address or phone number.

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Dangers of Posting Children’s Pictures on Social Media

father-custody-rights-txMany parents post photos of their children on social media because they’re proud and want to stay connected with family and friends. It makes sense to want to share the joy your children bring your life!

But how much sharing is too much, and can doing this put children in danger? Let’s break down three of the dangers of posting children’s pictures on social media, along with questions you should ask yourself before hitting “publish.”

3 Reasons Not to Post About Your Child on Social Media

1. Posting Puts Your Child at Risk for Digital Kidnapping
Digital kidnapping is a type of identity theft that occurs when someone takes photos of a child from social media and repurposes them with new names and identities—often claiming the child as their own.

2. Sharing Images and Videos on Social Media Can Invade Your Child’s Privacy
While young children might not be aware of what their parents share about them on social media, that likely won’t be the case as they get older. Eventually children develop a sense of self and how the rest of the world perceives them. Their privacy becomes more of a concern, and they may feel embarrassed about the content shared, including early childhood anecdotes, funny photos, and updates on developmental and behavioral challenges.

3. Your Social Media Posts Might Be a Source for Bullying
You should also be concerned about the way others react to what you share about your child on social media. Peers may use your content to make fun of, insult, and even bully your child as he or she grows older. What’s to stop a classmate from sharing a photo that your child finds embarrassing? What if that photo goes viral in their school? It doesn’t take much for a family’s inside joke to turn into embarrassing gossip.

Don’t let the dangers of posting children’s pictures on social media put your child or your family in a difficult position. And if you find your child the victim of digital kidnapping, or worse, partner with a professional private investigator for assistance. Contact She Spies Private Eye at 512-246-9889 or 214-227-8177 for a discreet consultation.

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