As I explained in this post, apps are the sources of many of the problems that afflict Facebook users on a daily basis.
Well, there’s a very popular set of apps and games that are spreading like wildfire among Facebook users, and you should know that using one of them could well put your personal information at risk.
These apps and games are distributed by a company called NameTests, and I see someone using it virtually every time I take a look at my newsfeed.
Like most other “quiz”and game apps, NameTests appears to be nothing more than a fun way to pass some time while using Facebook.
However, as this news report 2018 explains it could potentially expose your personal information to hackers.
Pretty scary stuff.
That news report is a couple of years old now, but the same risks apply today.
Oftentimes these types of apps aren’t malicious by design, and that’s probably the case with NameTests.
Hackers simply exploit weaknesses in an app’s security and sneak into your Facebook account through a “back door” that the app has inadvertently left standing open.
If you haven’t yet interacted with a NameTests app, game or quiz I strongly recommend that you don’t.
If you have, I recommend that you do the following, in this order:
1 – Check to see if a NameTests app is currently enabled on your Facebook account. If it is, disable it right away. This post explains how.
2 – Change your Facebook password to a password that’s very secure, yet easy to remember.
3 – Enable Two-Factor Authentication on your account.
Bottom line: Facebook offers many opportunities for engaging with your friends and having fun, but using the wrong app (especially quiz-type apps) or playing the wrong game could potentially cause you a world of grief.
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