Social and data: how to avoid profile intrusions

The terms of service of social platforms are the aspect that the average user is likely to spend the least interest and time ever .

Committed to writing a tweet, posting a photo or replying to a message, we hardly pause to carefully read the rules that define our relationship with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Yet, even without thinking about egregious cases such as the Cambridge Analytica affair,  a deeper knowledge of the data that social networks collect about us is an excellent starting point for a more informed use of these tools . Panda Security  has analyzed them and drawn up a series of tips on how to protect yourself from unwelcome intrusions on our profiles.

The phrase of Mikko Hypponen, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts, is quite well known –  “(Facebook) may even know before you that your love story is ending, comparing the amount of messages that are exchanged between two people ”,  and despite being a provocation, it clearly clarifies how deep the traces we leave through our activities on social networks are.

To understand the  amount of information our social networks have access to , which they can share with third parties, just consider specifically those of Facebook:

  • Information and content provided by the user(posts, messages, photo or post location, post date, Facebook profile information, contact information)
  • Networks and Connections (Information about the people, pages, accounts, hashtags and groups you are connected with and how you interact with them)
  • Your use (how you use Facebook products, the functions used, the actions taken, the frequency and duration of the activities)
  • Information on transactions carried out (for all financial transactions carried out, payment, billing, shipping and contact data are recorded)
  • Things that others do and the information they provide about you (Tracking and analyzing content, communications and information provided by other people)
  • Attributes of the device used (Hardware, software version, battery level, signal strength, available memory, browser type, plugin).
  • Deviceactivity (activities and behaviors performed such as mouse movements, position of windows).
  • Device identifiersdevice ID and game identifiers)
  • Devicesignals (Bluetooth signals and information on Wi-Fi access points, beacons and connected repeaters).
  • Network and connections(name of mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone. Mobile phone number, IP address, connection speed and information about other nearby devices on the network).
  • Cookie data
  • Information from partners
  • Information from advertisers, application developers or publishers when you link them to Facebook.


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