Why you shouldn’t reveal your Royal Wedding Guest name

In the absence of a genuine ticket to the real event, Facebook users are encouraging each other to reveal their Royal Wedding Guest name.

Here’s a typical message that is currently being spread by well-meaning users across the social network:

In honor of the big wedding on Friday, use your royal wedding guest name. Start with either Lord or Lady. Your first name is one of your grandparents’ names. Your surname is the name of your first pet, double-barreled with the name of the street you grew up on. Let’s do this! Post yours here. Then cut and paste it into your status.

Regally yours,
Lady Edith Spanky-Rushmoor

Do you see the problem?

By playing the game, you might be unwittingly making life easier for identity thieves and hackers.

Look at it this way. Think of all the websites which ask you to give it a “secret question” which can confirm your identity in the event of you forgetting your password.

If you tell everyone…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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