Online Games, Surveys and Quizzes – Their Dangers
When you play, you are usually asked to allow access into your profile (like on Facebook) or answer questions that pull your preferences. When you answer the street you lived on when growing up, or your favorite food, or your 2nd pet’s name, etc., you are giving the other entity useful information to guess your passwords and the answers to security questions at logins.
While it seems fun to answer in a group of where you grew up, like the name your childhood best friend you grew up with, it can be scoured from a search of the group by your name and see all the answers you have posted. Remember, any information you post is fair game for scammers to harvest and use against you. They can try to guess your bank password (or use a password generator to run combinations through) and then answer security questions.
The people who build and put these games, surveys and quizzes out there often do so with the sole purpose of harvesting information on the players. You let them into your profile. You let them see your kids’ photos and their names. You let them see your pets and their names. You let them know who your best friend growing up was. You let them know your mother's maiden name.
The elderly are being sent a load of surveys in emails and postal mail, and they get addicted to them, because they don’t have enough to occupy themselves with. They are giving up a lot of personal information and preferences as well. They are more prone to scams and losing money, so they need better education. The dangers are real but people don't seem to understand why.
What you need to do is stop giving your information out in these online games, surveys, and quizzes. IF you take them, bring them to a browser and don’t log in or allow posting of results. Stay anonymous to the website. Be very aware to give out NO information that you use as passwords or security question answers. Choose security questions that you would never answer anywhere else or let anyone know (and not posted anywhere on social media). If you want, give security question answers of a misspelled word so when someone tried to answer your street name from looking it up on Spokeo, it will trigger a wrong response. Just remember that you did that so you will give the right answer as you set it up.
Be careful of online and offline danger - from giving out log-in information, to giving enough information to let someone commit ID theft, to giving preferences so you are inundated with targeted ads, and more. Be careful of what you let others know about you. PR Scams Everywhere FaceBook – is Your Friend Going to Compromise You? Rogue Facebook Friend Requests and How to Keep From Being Scammed FaceBook Messenger “Hack”