According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans have lost faith in the ability of institutions — specifically social media websites — to protect their information and keep it safe. Their fears aren’t unfounded; in 2017 alone, a Gmail phishing attack affected more than 1 million users and an Instagram hack put the personal information of 6 million people at risk.
With hacks increasingly affecting applications we use every day, it’s more important than ever to understand the steps social media sites are taking to keep your personal data safe. After all, social platforms have access to a wealth of personal information, from your name and phone number to your address book, photos, and videos.
So, how are social media sites keeping you safe? Varonis created an infographic comparing the social media security settings of three top sites — Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter — from their user-facing security measures to key implementations they’ve made behind the scenes.