Lately, Facebook has been at the center of scandal over the last few weeks. However, the controversy surrounding Facebook’s privacy issues is not new. It is likely that you have seen posts on Facebook about quiz results. One of the most popular quiz apps on Facebook was Most Used Words by Vonvon.me. Millions of users shared their results and for a few days, it seemed like everyone on Facebook was sharing this quiz. In fact, articles about it were published on many popular media outlets. The problem is that by taking the quiz, users gave up a great deal of information about themselves without even knowing about the company behind the quiz and what it intends to do with the information.
Like other quiz apps in Facebook, there are major concerns about the way in which your privacy is handled. The information that you are giving to Vonvon when you take their Most Used Words quiz includes:
- Entire friend list
- Name, age, profile picture, sex, birthday and public info
- Your posts on your timeline
- Your photos and the photos you are tagged in
- Hometown and current city
- Education history
- Your likes history
- Information about the device you are using including language and browser
- IP address
As you can see, this is quite scary as it means that you are giving away data that will easily compromise your privacy.
To be fair, Vonvon offers the option to remove all permissions, except public profile and Facebook timeline posts, which are needed to play the quiz. The thing is that most people don’t even take the time to adjust or even check the settings before taking the quiz. However, there are still people who want to keep their information private and for them, the best option would be to avoid this type of quizzes altogether. There are many apps (not only this quiz by Vonvon) that become very popular and suddenly everyone is using them without thinking how it may affect their privacy.
How to protect your privacy
If you are concerned about your privacy and want to keep your data protected from eavesdroppers, companies and hackers, there are some steps that you can take. Of course, it is important that you are careful about the information that you provide online. Apart from being mindful of the information that you share, it is important that you take measures like using a VPN service. This technology encrypts all the traffic from your computer or mobile device and it sends it through a secure server in the location you choose.
When your data is encrypted, it is more difficult for intercept your information because the data is scrambled. Not even your ISP will be able to see what you do, which means that your privacy is protected. By connecting to a VPN server, your real IP address is disguised, which adds anonymity. Others won’t be able to determine your location or see your IP address and trace you. In addition, it is possible to use a VPN to unblock content that is not available in your location. Overall a VPN is a versatile solution to enhance the security and privacy of your connection.