Glossary Online Privacy / Term

Social Media Cybercrimes

As our addiction to social media grows, so do the cybercriminal attacks on our privacy. Hackers may post fake links on images we may mistake for a friend’s post on Facebook. By clicking on these fake links, we may have just downloaded malware that infects our computer with software that could steal data, crash our devices, and cause hardware damage. Furthermore, data breaches on social media sites are especially worrying. The infamous data breach involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook (disclosed in 2018) shows how information on social media can be used to change the outcome of national elections or be used to silence one political agenda over another. These actions should make us all think twice before overlooking how important our privacy is while online.

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