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Future Internet 2018, 10(12), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi10120114

Privacy and Security Issues in Online Social Networks

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Department of Computer Science, Islamia College University, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan
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Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan
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Department of Information Technology, The University of Haripur, Haripur 22620, Pakistan
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Computer Science and Engineering Department, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
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Post-graduation, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), 37540-000 Santa Rita do Sapucaí-MG, Brazil
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Covilhã Delegation, Instituto de Telecomunicações, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
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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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Abstract

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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