Can We Securely Trust Social Media?
The most concerning thing on any social networking site is its security. Spammers and cyber-law miscreants are always the flip side of the computer-generated world. As most of the human civilization today is going online, this internet generation has its own share of vulnerable battering. The attack on security is probably the most threatening thing that makes one think the second time for trusting the social media.
Facebook has always been accused of its security measures. According to a 2010 Facebook survey, there are more fake profiles in Facebook than authentic ones. The information sharing is also under attack as your information is being hacked out; most importantly, your phone number and very sensitive details. Therefore, NDTV suggested those users who easily share their mobile numbers to never give out your mobile number in any of the social media sites. It’s not safe out there. Especially the ones which have money-related links, your mobile number linked to your bank account, credit card, etc.
The recent hack of SnapChat reminds all of us that how our information is out in the virtual world. It’s now very common that every other day we hear the hacking of any social media site. The Snapchat hack was not carried out for any monetary benefits, but the hackers wanted to warn the social media space that it has the smallest amount of spotlight on security issues as quoted by Binary Blogger.
The hackers released a statement on this issue “Our motivation behind the hacking was to increase the public consciousness around the issue, and also put public demands on Snapchat to get this exploit set. It is clear that tech setups have a very little degree of resources, but precautions and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does”
Dennis O’Reilley, technical editor at CNET, suggests a few steps you could undertake to enhance your Facebook security. He says to enable secure browsing, limiting minimum access to you, avoiding useless stuff, controlling your timeline, opting out of advertisements, etc. are some ways that can keep your account a little bit safer in the virtual space.
Anyways, there is no guarantee of cent percent security on social media sites. The minimum self-information you share on these sites is better for you. Who knows when might be a next hack? Stay tuned to Growingsocialmedia for more updates.