Viral social media post featuring your 'royal guest name' could put you at risk

Published: May. 18, 2018 at 10:34 PM CDT
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It's clear many of the invitations to Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle's wedding were lost getting to us, but experts say, you shouldn't be so willing to come up with a 'royal guest name' online.

Royal wedding fever is taking over the U.K. and the internet.

"It's really a social engineer's dream," said Theron McChesney, business intelligence supervisor at SDN Communications.

A viral post circulating, with a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is actually pretty dangerous.

"I thought, 'Oh that looks fun,'" McChesney said. "However it took me about 30 seconds to realize, 'That's a lot of dangerous information right there.'"

KSFY News reporter Erika Leigh's name, "Lady Victoria Isabella of Manchester," her "guest name" for the royal wedding and luckily, she used information she knows isn't at risk.

"I don't always remember personally, 'Did they ask for my grandparent's name or did they ask for my father's middle name?', or which security question I selected," McChesney said.

Fans of Erika Leigh KSFY on Facebook were eager to share their names. Those names contained grandparents' names, names of pets, and the street they lived on.

"Whether it was intentional by the individuals who started the thread or if what secondary to what they intended to do, it's all about social engineering," McChesney said.

That's because it's all information you might use as passwords or security questions online.

"Once you share something on the internet whether it's Facebook or another social media website, you are sharing that with the world it is out on the web for the world to see and gather that information," McChesney said.

McChesney said if you're on Facebook in particular, you should do a privacy check-up to see who you're sharing your posts with. Parents with kids should also monitor their accounts to make sure they aren't accidentally posting sensitive information.

KSFY will have Royal Wedding coverage beginning at 4 a.m. with an extended edition of Good Morning America. You also see the livestream here on or on the KSFY News App.