THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Introduction

Today, information and technology on social media have become an important part of our daily lives. It has changed the way we interact with each other and the way we deliver and share information. ​

While social media has lots of benefits, it has also brought about concerns regarding personal privacy and security. ​

Table of content

  • Introduction
  • The Risks of social media
  • Some ways social media can compromise personal privacy
  • Protecting Your Privacy on social media
  • Some steps are that you can take to protection your social privacy
  • Step-by-step instructions for adjusting privacy settings on popular social media platforms
  • How we protect your privacy on social media platforms
  • Conclusion

THE RISKS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

The use of social media platforms comes with some risks, especially when it comes to our personal privacy and its effect our daily life.

SOME WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA CAN COMPROMISE PERSONAL PRIVACY:​

  • Data collection: Social media platforms collect very huge amounts of user data, including their personal information, interest ,activity and behavior’s. They track user activities on the platform and sometimes even off the platform. This data is used to build detailed profiles of users, which can be sold to advertisers.
  • Tracking: Social media platforms track user activities across the internet, including browsing habits, search history, and location. This data is used to target users with personalised advertising and can be shared with third-party companies.
  • Profiling: Social media platforms use algorithms to analyze user data and build profiles of their interests, behavior’s, and preferences. This profiling can lead to the manipulation of user behavior through targeted advertising or even the spread of disinformation.

Social media companies make money by using user data to create customized ads or by selling it to advertisers. Additionally, they utilize the data to inform algorithmic choices that affect users’ lives, such as the advertisements and content they see in their feed. ​

PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Protecting your privacy on social media is key, given the amount of personal data that is collected and shared by these platforms.

SOME STEPS ARE THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECTION YOUR SOCIAL PRIVACY:

  • Read privacy policies: It’s important to read the privacy policies of all social media platforms to understand how your data is being used. The privacy policy will outline what data the platform collects, how it’s used, and who it’s shared with. 
  • Adjust privacy settings: Mostly all social media platforms provide privacy settings that allow us to control who can see your posts, profile information, and activity. 

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADJUSTING PRIVACY SETTINGS ON POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:

  • Facebook: Go to the Facebook settings page and click “Privacy”. From here, you can control who can see your posts, profile information, and activity. You can also limit who can send you friend requests or message you.
  • Instagram: Go to your profile and click on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner. From here, click on “Settings” and then “Privacy”. Here, you can control who can see your posts, stories, and activity. You can also block specific users or restrict their access to your content.

How we protect your privacy on social media platforms​

  • When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is recommended to use a virtual private network.​
  • Make secure passwords.​
  • Turn on two-factor authentication.

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CONCLUSION

Social media has completely changed the way we communicate and share information, but it has also brought up new security and privacy dangers. It’s critical to consider what we share on social media and who may view it, to take precautions to safeguard our personal data, and to keep up with security and privacy concerns. ​
We may take advantage of social media’s advantages while lowering its hazards by adhering to recommended procedures for using the platform, such as reading privacy policies and changing privacy settings.

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shakki pk
shakki pk
1 month ago

Very useful content

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