No social media is 100% secure! We have moved from the machine era in the ’80s to this era, you can easily dab the information era. With the exciting features embedded in social media, It is easier to share information today.
We share from our personal life to almost everything in our daily life. Emotions, Career, Friends and family, and many more but as we are Sharing, we are actually not observant of who is watching! People are more willing than ever to share personal information about themselves online via Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Myspace. social media platforms encourage a dangerous level of assumed trust. We are risking our own privacy!
Social media companies have come up with measures to keep their system as secure as possible to make their subscribers comfortable. It is disheartening that there are some security threats that can hardly be addressed by these companies. Some of these involve manipulation of the subscriber into some kind of fooling, technically referred to as phishing. Most times It is done with a high degree of professionalism that if not knowledgeable enough, anyone can fall prey.
Some hackers have tempered with social media security using a set of telephony signaling protocols. It is known as Signaling System Number 7 abbreviated as SS7. This system is the one responsible for messages and calls. It is reported to have loopholes with vulnerabilities that can enable Hackers read text messages, listen to phone calls and track mobile phone users’ locations with just the knowledge of their phone number. The attacker can change your password by diverting a security code sent via SMS. This mainly targets facebook security.
Telegram and Whatsapp messages can be eavesdropped by hackers using still a flaw in SS7. It is important to note that WhatsApp and Instagram messages are highly encrypted. It can take days, even months to decrypt a single sentence. That is if the hacker is a nerd.
It’s high time you got critical on which activities you do over social media. You don’t want to be victimized by Attackers or Hackers!