PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — In an act of social media solidarity with high school seniors who are finishing out their final semester at home, Facebook users are sharing their own senior photos with the hashtag #ClassOf2020. It’s a sweet sentiment, sure, but beware: Your post could help potential hackers crack into your private accounts, according to the Better Business Bureau, a nonprofit that tracks, among other things, internet scams.
Malevolent scammers can scan sites for this hashtag and find the name of your high school and your graduating year — two common online security questions. And if your social media account isn’t locked up, they can find out a lot more about you.READ MORE: Sunoco Ordered To Dredge Part Of Ranger Cove, Pay $4 Million Over Mariner East 2 Spill
Hackers looking to break into your private accounts could use any piece of information you share in a viral challenge, the bureau said: Your favorite TV shows and the makes and models of all the cars you’ve owned are two examples.READ MORE: Officials Respond To Carver High School After Instagram User Threatens To 'Shoot Up' North Philadelphia School
So before you share, the bureau suggests you tighten your security settings so strangers can’t find your information as easily and regularly change the security questions you use to access online banking and other services.
The Class of 2020 feels your support. Just don’t get scammed while you’re showing it.MORE NEWS: Police At New Jersey Capitol Boost COVID-19 Rule Enforcement
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