OK, I get it, social media is a place to be social and interact with your friends and family as if they were right in front of you. Part of many people’s face to face interactions include playing games together, so it makes sense that sharing a Facebook quiz would be a normal thing to do. “Check it out, I just took this Facebook quiz and here are my results, you can take it too and we can compare!” Problem is, many of these games and quizzes are a data miners pot of gold and one company is at the end of the rainbow. Vonvon.me is a name you’ve probably never heard but you have probably seen their Facebook Quiz come across your feed.
- Name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public info
- Entire friend list
- Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
- All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
- Education history
- Hometown and current city
- Everything you’ve ever liked
- IP address
- Info about the device you’re using including browser and language
“Most Used Words” isn’t the only Facebook quiz or game that does this but Vonvon.me’s quiz has been taken by 16 million users and that’s a significant chunk. Social media is ripe for data miners to take advantage of people looking to, well, just be social. For the most part people’s guards drop when they get wrapped up in the moment and click their data away. The absolute best way to avoid this is to just not click. But you should be aware that if you do click, you could be clicking your privacy away.[button link=”https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/that-most-used-words-facebook-quiz-is-a-privacy-nightmare/” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Comparitech[/button]
Last Updated on November 27, 2018.