Protecting your Data on the Net

Here’s the Information You’re Probably Giving Social Media Networks, and How They Protect It

With all the concern about privacy and Facebook, the information we put into our apps is now at the forefront of criticism. When you download a new app or create a new account, your privacy may not always seem guarded. I found this article enlightening and easy to understand on how major social media platforms protect our information. It may not close the loop on every concern, but can help understand the current social media security measures that are at work.

People have questions about the security of our digital data.That ranges broadly, whether it’s passwords, online banking information, or what we do on social media. And more than ever, people are asking, “How is my information protected?”

In order to understand that, it seems, it’s important to first take a closer look at the information users might provide to social networks in the first place. That’s been a topic of growing interest in the wake of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelation, and new details, questions, and announcements that have since emerged.

To help make sense of it — and not just when it comes to Facebook, but also how these things work on networks like Twitter and LinkedIn — Varonis created an infographic to break down the type of information users typically provide to these social media platforms, and what each one had already been doing to keep data secure.

Some things have changed in a very short period of time. Facebook, for instance, has announced a slew of new protections and policies over the past month, and further modifications are anticipated from a number of platforms as we count down the days leading up to the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May.

But it’s still interesting to have a look at just how much information we share, and what different networks have been doing in the way of safety until now.

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