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Avoid this viral Facebook survey at all costs!

Avoid this viral Facebook survey at all costs!
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We've all done it at least once or twice. While scrolling through our Facebook feed, we stop and take a few minutes to fill out that personality quiz or survey everyone is sharing. Which Disney character are you? Are doughnuts really a breakfast food? How many Beatles top hits can you name? Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world? Etc., etc., etc...

Some are serious, some are fun and some are altogether silly - but one thing they all share in common is that you could easily say, "Everyone is doing it."

Most of these posts in your feed are completely harmless. But the downside is, that's not always the case. Every now and then, there are ulterior motives hiding behind these seemingly innocent puzzles, surveys and games.  (Click here, and read this before you take a Facebook quiz again.)

Right now, one of the most popular memes, or viral posts spreading around, is the "10 Concerts I've Been To" survey. Maybe you've seen it. Maybe you've even participated. It looks like this:

The object of the post is to list nine concerts you've attended and one you haven't. Your friends are then supposed to prove how well they know you by identifying the single concert you've lied about.

On the surface, the post seems innocent enough. However, most people don't realize how they're leaving themselves vulnerable by providing this information.

How this post can be used against you

Here's the problem: One of the top security questions for many sites is "What's the first concert you attended?" If you think back to all of the online accounts you've created, you can probably think of at least a few where you've selected this as a security question.

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