Hacking (D1)

Social Hacking is said to be when someone gains access to a profile which is restricted (therefore meaning they don’t have permission) in order to manipulate social behaviours which are made online.

Within the year 2014, Facebook was the most attacked forum of social media at 66% (President, 2016). This statistic has always been at a similar value as back in 2011 600,000 accounts on Facebook were hacked daily (Jaccarino, 2011).

Although any one could be hacked, millennials are more likely to be hacked than children or older people. My reasoning for this is because in 2015, 44% of millennials have been hacked however, this figure is incredibly high as 31% of millennials have shared a password with someone they know (Dwyer, 2016).

Many ‘cyber crooks’ hack social media accounts so that they are able to gain information which could gain them further access into other private accounts. For example, credit card companies will generally have security questions such as ‘what was your first pet’ or ‘what’s your mothers maiden name,’ and due to people being overly open about what they put on social media, hackers can easily find this information.

An example of someone being hacked on Facebook is Angela Costa’s sorry in which she explains that her students hacked into her Facebook account, read through her old private messages between her and her ex-partner, the students then went on to screen-grabbing these messages and placing them all around the school that Angela worked at.

An example of someone being hacked on Twitter is Katy Perry. Due to celebrity’s always having such a large audience base, hacking for them is always seen by a larger audience. Therefore when Katy Perry was hacked, someone was able to post tweets using homophobic and racist language which had a negative affect on her profile as people looked up to her.

There are several ways to prevent hacking on social media accounts, one being not to give out any passwords or personal information out online or over chat to an unknown source. Another is to avoid any suspicious links and sometimes if it is ‘phishing’ then the person hacking will be able to get ahold of any private information stored on the user’s computer. Also, by not using the same password for all social media accounts, it will make it more difficult for the hacker to get into all accounts, therefore limiting them to only one if the situation does occur.

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