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Think twice before clicking on a Facebook quiz app

Emma Clark

Published 24/11/2015 | 12:08

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A Facebook app is doing the rounds that highlights your most used words on the social network. It's being highlighted as a privacy nightmare.

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The most recent app to take over Facebook is one that illustrates your most used words on the social media site. And UK-based VPN comparison website Comparitech warns that it’s a privacy nightmare.

Vonvon.me’s quiz has been shared more than 16 million times in just a matter of days. But it requires you to provide a significant amount of personal information.

Comparitech points out that not only does the quiz scan your history of Facebook posts and store the data, but it also asks for details outright.

The comparison website highlights that it asks you to disclose your:

  • Name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public info
  • Entire friend list
  • Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
  • All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
  • Education history
  • Hometown and current city
  • Everything you’ve ever liked
  • IP address
  • Info about the device you’re using including browser and language

Comparitech notes that this quiz isn’t the only to collect a vast amount of data or contain worrying phrases within its privacy policy, but this is the most recent to go viral.

It says that the best way to protect yourself is to avoid online quizzes that require Facebook authentication altogether.

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