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Data protection in
social networks
Majidov Alisher & Muslimova Shirin
1. Intro
2. What happens if data in social networks is not protected clearly
3. How to protect
4. Conclusion
The social networks websites used at global level represent the place
where people interact online, discuss, exchange photos or music or
share their experiences.
Due to the fact that the information posted on the social networks
websites become mainly accessible to the public, we have to pay extra
care to the information that we disclose about us, which simply by
becoming known to a large number of person can lead to the creation
of a risk to privacy or even to the physical safety of a person.
What happens if data in social
networks is not protected
Hackers can use social media data
breaches to create detailed profiles
of potential victims and conduct
targeted phishing attacks.
Some common reasons for hacking include basic bragging
rights, curiosity, revenge, boredom, challenge, theft
for financial gain, sabotage, vandalism, corporate
espionage, blackmail, and extortion. Hackers are
known to regularly cite these reasons to explain their
How to protect?
Some security tips and advices
Site features
Ensure you familiarize yourself with the social
media site’s functionality before you broadcast or
share any messages.
You may consider customizing the privacy settings
on your media to minimize personal information on
the same platform.
Adjust your Privacy Settings
For every social media platform you are using, always check
the default privacy settings on their site.
Most default privacy settings on social media may permit the
sharing of your information with other third-party online
Avoid clickbait
No social media will take
responsibility for third-party
When prompted to ‘comment below
to see magic’ or ‘check which
celebrity you share a birthday
with,’ avoid clicking these random
Some additional security tips:
• Choose a “strong,” secure password.
• Change your passwords frequently.
• Avoid logging into public computers or using
friends’ phones to log in to your social media
• Use caution with public wireless connections
when accessing your social media accounts. If
possible, use a VPN.
• Avoid using public or shared devices to access
your social media accounts.
• Avoid clicking on social media links, even the
ones sent to you by a friend.
• Secure your devices with password protection to
protect your social media and other information
in case they are stolen or lost.
In the future, social media apps may partly be
required to protect their user’s privacy and keep them
But until then, you can take these steps to protect
your own privacy.