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Social media posts could compromise personal information

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

By now, you know you have to be careful about what you post on social media, but police say there are things you probably haven't thought of.

There are different types of problematic posts that could compromise the information that you work so hard to protect.

An example of this is those quizzes on Facebook that claim to give you answers about your personality, encouraging users to like, post and share.

Sharing the name of your favorite actor or your family's first pet seems to be harmless, but it's actually quite the opposite.

Police say that some of those quizzes are designed to gather information about you so that crooks can guess your passwords. Many of these questions are similar to the security questions used for your bank account and other secure logins.

"We've seen those where it's clever, you know, do you want to see your nickname, put your mother's maiden name with this and that's your nickname. Well, your mother's maiden name is probably the most common security question," said Sgt. Michael Warren with the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Another thing to watch out for is answering the phone for an unknown number. Police say not to say "hello" when you answer a call from a number you don't recognize.

Your hello could trigger robo call responses. When you don't answer, they hang up.

"So many of those could flag their system as this is a bad number, and now you may be pulling yourself back off of a scammer's list," Warren said.

When you go on vacation, don't tell your server you're from out of town. They could be more likely to steal your credit card information knowing you won't be back anytime soon.

"These people, it gives them a lot more confidence if they think the victim is no longer going to be available for court proceedings and things like that within a week," Warren said.

Police say two people have their identities compromised every minute.

To avoid being one of those people, you can have one of three credit bureaus implement a freeze on your credit, that way no one can apply for credit under your identity with you calling and unfreezing it.

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