NEWBURY (CBS) — It may be tempting to join your Facebook friends in taking the latest online personality test or quiz popping up in your social media feed. But at a time when doing so might be a welcome distraction during the coronavirus pandemic, police are cautioning that you risk exposing your personal information.

In a post that’s been shared more than 4,000 times, the Plymouth Police Department in Connecticut sent a message in response to questions such who is your high school mascot, the street you grew up on and your mother’s maiden name.

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“STOP GIVING PEOPLE YOUR PERSONAL INFO TO GUESS YOUR PASSWORD AND SECURITY QUESTIONS,” police answered.

Several police departments have shared similar warnings in recent weeks.

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“Please don’t allow boredom to make you vulnerable,” Newbury police said. “Avoid playing online ‘games’ that require you to provide personal information or taking online ‘tests’ & ‘quizzes.”

 

 

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