Risky games

@GardenGerty (146285)
United States
February 24, 2016 7:22am CST
"When you play Facebook games that ask for "place of birth" "first pet" "favorite movie" "elementary school" etc. you are setting yourself up to have accounts hacked. Not just facebook, but any account that has security questions of this type. It is not just your friends who see this." My friends are doing this again. I hope no one gets hacked. These posts grow like a weed, so I posted a picture of a weed--chickweed. Someone, probably @JJ warned me of this a long time ago. It seems like harmless fun, but none of us want to be hacked. This is a warning courtesy of GardenGerty.
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@Asylum (47930)
• Manchester, England
24 Feb 16
In my case I have never played any such games, which eliminates any possible risk whatsoever. As for security questions, I have encountered such on many sites and usually enter something quite invalid. An obvious danger with questions such as Mother's forename or first school is that many people who have known you for a long while can also answer them accurately. I deliberately use absurd answers, such as Mother's name Adolf or place of birth Black Hole number 3.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
24 Feb 16
I had a phone call yesterday to set up questions and a pin to make sure no one can make changes to my phone service without my permission. If you forget your pin, you go to the questions and must get three out of four. I too do put things down that are unique or nonsensical.
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@Asylum (47930)
• Manchester, England
24 Feb 16
@GardenGerty This is the only safe approach, otherwise the questions become security loopholes.
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@JudyEv (282608)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Feb 16
That's a very sensible idea. I might start doing that too.
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@Jessicalynnt (50546)
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Feb 16
can play and make stuff up! help muddy the waters.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
You are ornery, but that is true. It is like @Asylum saying he uses absurd answers for his security questions.
@Asylum (47930)
• Manchester, England
3 Mar 16
@Jessicalynnt That is quite a sensible approach.
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@Juliaacv (68264)
• Canada
24 Feb 16
I don't do the facebook thing, but I've known for years that those inquiries that you can see online regarding anything that put information is a dangerous choice.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
24 Feb 16
I have some people that I will not hear from unless I am on Facebook. It is sad to me that they do these little poll things, or they do the like and share thing, which I am told lets people access your information. Or how about, if you believe such and such type "Amen".
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@fishtiger58 (30147)
• Momence, Illinois
24 Feb 16
I don't play facebook games but I did get hacked once.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
24 Feb 16
Yeah, this is not an official game, but we run risks of getting hacked just by being online in groups, then I see people giving out the answers to common security questions, just for fun.
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@fishtiger58 (30147)
• Momence, Illinois
24 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I don't go on facebook much anymore.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
@fishtiger58 This is where I hear from certain people in my life that will not call me or e mail me.
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@MsTickle (25191)
• Australia
3 Mar 16
I'm confused...how can a facebook game be the same as security questions? I'm often asked to choose questions and their answers like this as added security for certain accounts but I can't say I've seen it as a game.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I may not have phrased this clearly. It happens often that one of my friends will say something like "where were you born, I will go first" McPherson, Ks. " Everyone, play along it will be neat to see where you are from." It is a polling type game. Like you said, these things are answers to security questions and if you do it enough all your security is out there for everyone to see..
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@MsTickle (25191)
• Australia
3 Mar 16
@GardenGerty Ahh, now i get it. i wouldn't be silly enough to fall for that, I hope. Nice to see you GG.
@much2say (55981)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Feb 16
I stay away from those games!! Not just because I could get hacked - I simply didn't want to the world to know some of my answers to those questions! I just hate it when people tag me to play
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I also do not like these pass times: find five photos where you feel your most beautiful, share them and tag 26 fabulous women to do the same. I am not sure I have five photos of me on Face book.
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@much2say (55981)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Mar 16
@GardenGerty I received a similar one. Something about being a wonderful mother - put up 5 photos with your child/children and nominate/tag fellow moms. I liked and commented with a thank you, but I didn't participate.
@cgalavia (1438)
• Philippines
24 Feb 16
I do play before in Facebook but not now,not anymore.I have thought that playing games online are just a waist of time. As for security questions have had encountered before but somehow it helps to recover our old accounts.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
Like you, I spend my time more wisely. I should have said these are the way some pass the time. Yes, security questions can help recover a password, or prevent the wrong people from getting access.
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@cgalavia (1438)
• Philippines
3 Mar 16
@GardenGerty Yes,true a lot of things to do than playing.I sometimes play and that is because I earned from it but not plying for past time,I'd better spend my time in a productive task.Yeah,right better to use our time wisely.
• United States
24 Feb 16
I play two Facebook games and I don't remember being asked those questions but that was a long time I started.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
The type of games I am talking about are not formal games, but rather more like polling games or even guessing games on an individual's time line. The specific one that I was thinking of asks everyone responding to list where they were born. I have seen them ask what your Mother's first name was and when she was born. Those types of things often are asked for security questions.
• United States
3 Mar 16
@GardenGerty I guess that proves I don't give out my information willy-nilly.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
26 Feb 16
Good warning which I hope people take to heart. I was attracted here by your photo of the chickweed!
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@Drosophila (16577)
• Ireland
25 Feb 16
Ya facebook is just not a great platform.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
But many of my friends will only interact there. I would rather be here.
@Scindhia (1910)
• India
25 Feb 16
Good suggestion. Most of us just ignore such important precautions. I will be more careful in the future.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I remind myself by reminding my friends.
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@Lucky15 (37363)
• Philippines
25 Feb 16
I have been trying not to put too much info on anything on line
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
That is a really good plan.
@celticeagle (134856)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Feb 16
I have never had a game on Facebook ask me any of those questions. I play several daily.
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I probably phrased this wrong. It is people "playing around" on their own wall or timeline. It is not a formal game. People posting a "fact" and asking you to post same fact. I was born in ________, where were you born?
@amadeo (113853)
• United States
24 Feb 16
I for one do not have amy problems.I am aware of what is going on.I do not spend much time with Face book as I am not a fan of it. The only reason to keep tab with my family.If there were not there.Then I leave
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
Very good plan. I keep track of people there that I see no where else.
@irishidid (8702)
• United States
24 Feb 16
I don't play the games
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
This is more like people playing around on their own timelines, not the formal games. MyLot would call it a "polling game". Like I could start a discussion saying "what was the name of your first pet?". It is the same thing.
@JolietJake (50534)
24 Feb 16
Yep, I stay away from all that stuff, seen too many friends have their accounts compromised there
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@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
You may have been the one who originally brought this to my attention. If not it was some one equally as savy.
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@trivia79 (7829)
• El Segundo, California
25 Feb 16
i don't attracted to such fb games before! i found it boring and useless!
@GardenGerty (146285)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I do not play the formal FB games and I do not join in in these individual time passes either. My time already passes too quickly.
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• India
13 Mar 16
I play a couple of games in F.B. I have been playing it for the last so many years, and I do not remember what all the questions they asked. Anyhow thank you for the advise, I hope to be careful in the future.
@ricki_911 (21654)
• Toronto, Ontario
3 Mar 16
I don't play facebook games but I am sure this is meant as a warning for everything and I agree. It is scary what they can ask which seems harmless.
@Hatley (163984)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Mar 16
I agree w hole heartedly that those questions are way to personal to just toss around so freely; since I had my Facebook account hacked I have been careful of what I do on Facebook.Being hacked is no fun, believe me.