Online personality quizzes could be threat to user privacy

Online personality quizzes could be threat to user privacy
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

(KLTV) - Taking an online quiz to find out which superhero matches your personality seems like harmless fun, but at what cost?

"Nothing's free," says Christina Jontra, the Director of Digital Learning at Grace High School. "You may not be paying for it with hard earned dollars, but we're paying for it with our personal data."

Jontra explains that online personality-based quizzes are using gathered information for more than just finding out what Disney princess you are.

"Some of the answers seem innocent," says Jontra. "Like what's your favorite color, but if you look at some of your security questions on bank accounts it's those kind of questions."

While the quizzes may pop up on Facebook, once you click on that link you're entering a third-party site, giving them your information and then in some cases granting them access to information you already have within your Facebook profile.

"They usually say allow us to access your Facebook account so we can post this to the account," says Ashley Lomelo, a social media expert at TAABS Marketing Solutions. "If you're giving someone access to anything they have access to just about everything."

Lomelo says in many cases who runs these third-party sites is unknown, so taking the quizzes isn't worth the risk.

"If you are looking for something to be entertained by I would suggest using something within the Facebook platform or Instagram platform," says Lomelo.

Jontra adds that even while on those sites, it's important to monitor your privacy settings.

"Understand that before you start clicking on things and commenting on things," says Jontra. "And quizzes, I think it's just a good rule of thumb for everybody stop playing the quizzes."

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