Hacker Bait

  • What’s your favorite color?
  • What’s your favorite football team?
  • How many pets do you have?
  • What’s your pets name?

They all seem like everyday ordinary questions right? We see them all over Facebook followed by things like “post yours and share for others to see” but what are these really? Are they just innocuous posts that no one really cares about or are they something a bit more sinister? 

Most everyone cares about privacy in some way. You don’t want people knowing your bank account password or account numbers for credit cards. Surely you don’t want everyone to know where you live and all your private details do you? 

Most of the time the answer to that question is no. People tend to value their privacy yet social media has made it easy for hackers to collect troves of information about individuals without them ever knowing that it’s happening. 

This ever growing pool of data I like to refer to as hacker bait. Hackers can use this information to access forgot password links for different accounts you may own. Obviously, this is not the only tool out there but it opens the door for the possibility. 

Just as e-mail is a great place for phishing attacks, social media is too. Glossed over with the disguise of perceived privacy, many people ignore the fact that you don’t know if your friend whom you may have known for years or that one person that you added to help collect goodies on a game have been hacked. 

How do YOU keep your information safe?