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'Most used words' Facebook quiz is 'privacy nightmare'

Published 25/11/2015

Think twice before using Facebook quiz apps such as 'Most Used Words' Image: Vonvon
Think twice before using Facebook quiz apps such as 'Most Used Words' Image: Vonvon

A viral Facebook "quiz" that highlights your most used words on the social network is being highlighted as a 'privacy nightmare'.

Vonvon.me’s quiz has been shared more than 17.5m times in just a matter of days. But it requires you to provide a significant amount of personal information.

UK-based VPN comparison website Comparitech warns that it’s a privacy nightmare.

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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