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A CYBER security expert has warned people to be mindful of the latest trend sweeping social media.

She confessed that she was in the process of taking part in Instagram’s Get to Know Me trend when she had a sudden realization.

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Eliana Shiloh took to TikTok warning people not to take part in Instagram’s Get To Know Me trendCredit: tiktok/elshiloh
Instagram users have been sharing personal details on their Stories using a template that asks for information such as their favorite color and shoe size (stock image)

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Instagram users have been sharing personal details on their Stories using a template that asks for information such as their favorite color and shoe size (stock image)Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Eliana Shiloh (@elshiloh) has garnered almost 21,000 followers on TikTok, where she posts her fashion and beauty buys.

According to LinkedIn, the content creator also works as a cyber and strategic risk analyst at Deloitte.

She went viral after warning people to think twice about using Instagram’s Get To Know Me template in which users publicly share their personal information.

Among the facts filled in are age, height, shoe size, zodiac sign, music taste, number of kids, tattoos, phobias, favorite color, food, and drink as well as any pets and relationship status.

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“Wait if you guys did the Instagram trend with all the questions, literally delete that s**t right now,” Eliana said.

“You guys know what I’m talking about the one where you’re like favorite color, height, shoe size and I won’t lie I almost fell victim to this. 

“I literally started filling it out and then I was like wait a damn minute.

“My first initial thought was wow I have a lot of fears. 

“Do I say everything or list out like guns, getting shot, getting kidnapped, places with no bathroom, etc?

“But then I was like wait these are the answers to a lot of my security questions.

“This is a hacker niche right here. The creepy creeps of the cyber web, they’re gonna have a field day with this trend.

“So literally this is a PSA [public service announcement] if you did that trend delete that s**t right now.

“Get rid of it, remove all proof from the internet.”

Eliana claimed social media users are getting dangerously close to sharing even more sensitive personal information.

“Also, I feel like we’re really inching pretty close to the iceberg on sharing our social security numbers,” she said.

“Like this is the second part to that and I don’t know about you guys but I have had quite a few fake accounts made of me.

“Trends like this are just fueling the fire and this is the backed opinion of someone who works in cyber.

“But it also literally takes common sense.”

Eliana said she was in the process of filling in the template when she realized the security risk

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Eliana said she was in the process of filling in the template when she realized the security riskCredit: tiktok/elshiloh

She continued to urge her followers not to take part in the Instagram trend in the caption of the video.

“Literally delete right now, save yourself!” she warned.

The video went viral with over 1.6 million views and almost 200,000 likes from people who were grateful for the warning.

Some commenters claimed they had already been locked out of their Instagram accounts after taking part in the trend. 

However, not everyone in the comment section was convinced of Eliana’s warning and accused her of “reaching so hard” to make people afraid. 

“It was basic questions [crying] none of those things give away any of my passwords or anything,” one person wrote.

“I feel like security questions are always random though, it’s like ‘dad’s favorite lemonade brand’ LMAO [laugh my a** off],” another said. 

“My security questions are always way more niche than ‘what’s your favorite color’ hello,” a third chimed in.

“It doesn’t ask your mother’s maiden name or first-grade teacher’s name…” a fourth quipped.

“Oh boy just imagine the surveys we used to post on MySpace,” another added.

Eliana revealed she's had people make fake accounts using her name and images in the past

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Eliana revealed she’s had people make fake accounts using her name and images in the pastCredit: tiktok/elshiloh

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