February 5

Facebook fun or sinister scam? Are you innocently sharing your security data?

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Use the last three digits of your phone number to see what you need to be happy…

We’ve all seen these types of posts on social media and often add to the chain, either by sharing or commenting.

When I saw the three words that my friend had shared, I smiled, started to look at what mine would be, then thought why “last 3 digits” seemed so familiar…

Was it what my bank would sometimes ask me for? Or had I seen those numbers on emails from my car insurance, so that I felt comfortable clicking on links?

I noticed that no-one commented on my friend’s post without sharing their words or numbers and that some comments included both home and mobile phones… “Love, alcohol and sex – don’t think so!! That’s my mobile number. Landline is better – alcohol, food and shopping – ha ha!”

Could these numbers be used by unscrupulous individuals to hack into people’s accounts? Maybe not in isolation, but what if these individuals had already collected other details from social media, such as birth dates or favourite places, children and pet names? It is well reported that these details are frequently used in passwords.

I would love to hear what you think. If this post has made you nervous to comment publicly, message me!


About the author 

Linda Cheung

Advising innovative companies on marketing and growth strategies. Founder at CubeSocial, Advisor at Oxford Innovation, Board member at Enterprise M3, Mentor at SETsquared. Google Profile

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