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Future Internet 2018, 10(12), 114;

Privacy and Security Issues in Online Social Networks

Department of Computer Science, Islamia College University, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan
Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan
Department of Information Technology, The University of Haripur, Haripur 22620, Pakistan
Computer Science and Engineering Department, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
Post-graduation, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), 37540-000 Santa Rita do Sapucaí-MG, Brazil
Covilhã Delegation, Instituto de Telecomunicações, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
PPGIA, University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), 90811-905 Fortaleza-CE, Brazil
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Received: 29 September 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 21 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10th Anniversary Feature Papers)
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The advent of online social networks (OSN) has transformed a common passive reader into a content contributor. It has allowed users to share information and exchange opinions, and also express themselves in online virtual communities to interact with other users of similar interests. However, OSN have turned the social sphere of users into the commercial sphere. This should create a privacy and security issue for OSN users. OSN service providers collect the private and sensitive data of their customers that can be misused by data collectors, third parties, or by unauthorized users. In this paper, common security and privacy issues are explained along with recommendations to OSN users to protect themselves from these issues whenever they use social media. View Full-Text
Keywords: OSN; security; classic privacy threats; modern threats OSN; security; classic privacy threats; modern threats

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Ali, S.; Islam, N.; Rauf, A.; Din, I.U.; Guizani, M.; Rodrigues, J.J.P.C. Privacy and Security Issues in Online Social Networks. Future Internet 2018, 10, 114.

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