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Social media risks: 9 in 10 know someone who’s been hacked

Most concerning social media? Facebook takes the lead with 32 percent, followed closely by TikTok (26 percent).

Connected to social media network. — © Digital Journal / File
Connected to social media network. — © Digital Journal / File

Hackers will try anything to gain access to our personal information, including our social media accounts. This runs from posing as Twitter employees, to impersonating reporters looking for a scoop.

With so many bad actors hungry for our information, is getting hacked the new norm?  This is the indication from a new report.

The report draws on pop-culture for its title, being headed “Hacked Is The New Black” and it has been released from NordVPN. The survey reveals 89 percent of U.S. citizens know someone whose social media has been hacked.

In total:

  • 47 percent know up to 5 people
  • 27 percent know up to 10 people
  • 15 percent know more than 10 people

That awareness becomes more personal, as the survey also found that 70 percent are concerned their own social media accounts will be hacked in 2022. In addition, 37 percent have already had at least one of their social media accounts get hacked.

For social media apps U.S. citizens are most concerned about being hacked, Facebook takes the lead with 32 percent, followed closely by TikTok (26 percent), Snapchat (21 percent), Instagram (20 percent) and YouTube (18 percent).

At the same time, Facebook is also the social media app less than half of U.S. trusts the “most” with their privacy and data (47 percent).

Commenting on this, Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN tells Digital Journal: “Much like watching a bizarre version of social hacky sack, so many accounts make excellent targets for hackers to gain a better understanding of who you are.”

He adds: “And once in, hackers can then bounce around to perform more successful social engineering attacks, or send messages to your friends with a link that hides malware, or worse, use your information to impersonate you and steal your identity.”

As US legislators prepare to debate the new American Data Privacy and Protection Act, the time appears right for legislators to implement actions that will address the concerns of the populace.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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