Stop! This is why you shouldn’t fall for Facebook memes and concert questions

Answering questions which appear through Facebook memes may make you an ideal target for hackers, say security experts.

A recent Facebook meme asked people about the first concert they ever saw, which incidentally is also a security question for many online accounts.

Facebook memes are a popular phenomenon. They allow people to participate in social chatter, share their experiences, learn about those of others and some more. While most of them are harmless fun and offer people some precious moments off their busy lives, they are also closely watched by malafide hackers.

A recent Facebook meme asked people about the first concert they ever saw. It gained immediate popularity, with thousands of Facebook users sharing their experiences. However, a number of security experts are now suggesting users to refrain from doing so.

“I typically advise people not to answer those questions. It’s not worth it,” says Tom Gorup, director of security operations for Rook Security to USA Today. He believes answering personal questions on Facebook may lead hackers to gain valuable information about users, which they can use to hack into their online accounts. The first concert one visited is a common security question used by banks and e-mail vendors to protect accounts, and divulging them on Facebook isn't thus a great idea.

“If I’m a hacker, I’m taking full advantage of this. Don’t make those kinds of answers about your life public,” said Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst with Forrester Research to USA Today.

Cyber-security experts have always maintained that the best practices to ensure online security includes keeping passwords that cannot be second-guessed, use combinations of symbols, letters and numbers that cannot be hacked, not using the same password for multiple accounts and not divulging personal information through public posts. Sadly, very few individuals follow such practices and usage of common words as passwords is still quite high.