'Be like Bill' meme could pose security risk

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 10:27:37-05

It's a popular post being shared repeatedly on Facebook. You might have even shared it yourself-- those "Be Like Bill" stick drawings. But a warning now on why you shouldn't be clicking on them or sharing them.

The "Be Like Bill" meme could be considered click bait.

Here's how it works:

The stick figure meme creates a story about you.

For example this one reads:

This is Tammy.
Tammy uses Facebook. Tammy chooses a photo that looks exactly like her profile picture.
Tammy doesn't Photoshop it.
Tammy is smart. Be like Tammy.

There are dozens of various posts like this one, and yes they are funny, but when you click on these kinds of apps, The Better Business Bureau warns you to read the privacy terms first.

The creator of this meme initially said in its terms, you will allow us to use, edit your content with our service permanently, no limit, no recover.

The company has since changed its terms and claims it does not collect data from your Facebook page if you share from its site.

However, it serves as a warning, not to share from unknown sites. Apps and websites can contain viruses that can infect your computer--- those apps can post on your behalf on your Facebook profile and even find ways to access your banking information.

If you've already downloaded the Be Like Bill memes, or various Facebook quizzes and id tests, remove it.

Go to your Facebook settings and choose apps, from there click through all the apps you want to remove.