Yesterday afternoon my daughter sent me a text. Apparently they were playing a game that was being sent around in honor of the royal wedding. My daughter, in attempt to find my royal name, was asking for the name of one of my female grandparents, the name of my first pet and the street I grew up on. After I sent her the information I started thinking about the questions she had asked and how they were very similar to questions I have been asked when prompted to update my security questions from various banks and credit card accounts I have on-line.
While I trust my daughter implicitly, I wondered about the games origins. Along with others I have seen of late on Facebook. Could it be that in the quest to hack our accounts and various on-line sites the hackers have gotten smart enough to trick us into divulging information that could put us at risk?
How many times have you granted an invite to accept a heart or kitten or support this cause or that only to receive an alert saying the program needs to access your address book? While I love kittens and a nice cause, cool badges and the numerous other things I get sent, I refuse to allow any program to access my address book. Call me paranoid but I just do not trust those programs.
Maybe I am just getting cynical in my old age but I tend to balk at anything or anybody that wants to invade my personal space without permission. I also take great exception to games that want me to divulge my personal information, even if it is something as simple as the name of the first pet I ever had.
I never did find out what my royal name was. As a matter of fact, I have not heard from my daughter since I gave her the information she asked for earlier today. I think I had better end my blog early this week. I need to check on my bank account!