A new craze on Facebook is causing some cause for concern. The game is to list the top ten bands people have seen in concert – but with one false entry thrown in for friends to spot. The game seems harmless enough, but there are warnings that this craze could actually be a risk to online security.

The first gig you went to is often one of the security questions which banks and other organisations ask when setting up an account – and revealing that information online, even in an innocent online post, could make you more vulnerable to hackers.

Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said ‘It is difficult to tell people not to take part, as it is part of their normal social interaction. What I would say is to think very carefully about what you are putting into the public domain. The more personal information you put out there, the more likely it is to be used by hackers.’

Facebook’s top six security tips to keep your account safe are –

  • protect your password
  • use Facebook’s security features
  • make sure your email account(s) are secure
  • log out of Facebook when using a shared computer
  • think before you click on download anything

www.bbc.co.uk/technews (3rd May 2017)