Keeping passwords, financial, and personal details safe and protected from data breaches and cyber attacks has never been more critical for individuals than today. Sadly, most people adopt a relaxed attitude when it comes to issues relating to their social media security.
Since the advent of social media in the early 2000s, online social networking platforms have witnessed a massive expansion, with the leaders of the social media industry being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. The enormous amount of personal information available on these sites and their storage has generated many controversies over the privacy of users’ data.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google collect our data and posts, hardware and software information, payment details, and other information from outside the network.
Facebook uses this data to help marketers reach potential customers via targeted adverts. Our data is also sent outside of the network for investigations and research intents.
In 2014, there was a data breach when a quiz app by Cambridge Analytica gathered and leaked the Facebook data of more than 50 million people. It was reported that the Trump Campaign paid the Cambridge Analytica $6 million for it during the 2016 election.
On Twitter, passwords of 32 million users were hacked and leaked in 2016. Several high-profile personalities had their Twitter accounts compromised in 2017.
In 2013, Pinterest suffered a breach after its customer service provider, Zendesk, was hacked. There were no reports of any passwords being compromised, but thousands of users emails were collected.
In 2015, a security flaw tagged “Freak attack” happened to Google, and millions of users were left vulnerable to hackers. Also, Google accidentally leaked WHOIS data of 280,000 customers in 2015.
How can you safeguard your online data and personal information? First, protect your password – this includes never sharing it with anyone and using a strong combination of about ten characters.
Secondly, take extra security measures by using anti-virus software on your computer, and only signing in from trusted devices.
For more detailed information on how other social networking sites have had security breaches and the many different ways you can ensure the safety of your data, check out the infographic below.