People have been posting their own senior photos on social media as a nice tribute to this year’s seniors who are missing out on senior festivities due to the coronavirus. Many of them will also be missing out on the traditional send-off of graduation, from high school seniors to college seniors. However, the BBB has warned people against sharing their senior photos as it could become a safety concern.
They warn that online scammers can use the info supplied by the photos (school, year, etc.) to answer common online security questions. This can then break through any security that is keeping your information “safe” online. The BBB has also warned against taking Facebook quizzes as they can mine information for data about you.
The BBB is concerned for your online safety
ALERT! The Better Business Bureau is warning people to stop sharing their old high school graduation pictures.It's…
A Facebook post popped up alerting the public of this. “ALERT! The Better Business Bureau is warning people to stop sharing their old high school graduation pictures,” the post states.
“It’s really great to see those old pictures, as well as pay tribute to this year’s senior class. But just like the Facebook “10 year challenge” in the past – posting personal information, such as where you went to high school and the year you graduated, is giving scammers and thieves additional information to steal your identity. Plus, those “surveys” asking you to post the color of your first car, or the cities where you lived, can also put your identity at risk.”
What you can do to prevent this from happening
The post continues, “Scammers or hackers who could potentially use the name of your high school and graduation year, which are common online security questions, in an additional internet search to reveal more information about you, such as family members, your full name, birthdate or where you live.”
“These other potential scams have shown up recently in this time of self-quarantine and isolation. Other recent viral personal list posts include all the cars you’ve owned (including makes/model years), favorite athletes, and top 10 favorite television shows.” The BBB further cautions people to resist the temptation to play along with these trends, quizzes, or games, because you don’t know where your information could be going! Stay safe.