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Your Social Media Data Might Be Shared Among a Lot More Third-Parties Than You Would Expect

Social media has made our lives so much easier, there are still certain draw backs to it.

In the present era we all are so accustomed to socializing online that we share so much about our lives and while we think that this all is happening for free using a simple device and a good internet connection, the ropes are deeper than this.

The information you give out to applications online specially your phone numbers, emails, locations and preferences are used and sold by them as a form to generate revenue.

Truth to be told, your data is one of the biggest ways through which social media applications earn a hefty amount, they sell your data through which you receive targeted ads and so much more which in todays’ era is a great form of earning for them.

ClearVPN/Macpaw, took it upon themselves to survey different applications and see which of the application collects data where and how send the results showed that Facebook shared a great amount of data from a whole lot of parties ranging from advertisers to ad affiliated sites, almost everyone receives your Facebook data while the application with the least sharing of data was seen to be Twitter which only provided data to advertisers and law authorities. The remaining applications did and did not provide data to some parties.

However, though companies claim that the privacy of its users is kept anonymous, it actually is not true. The data is shared immensely and in so many cases the data spread of a user can give up so much about a person which eventually leads to cyber breaching online. All this can lead to privacy issues and cyber thefts.

Apart from this, the misuse of such information and wrongful targeting can lure users in a trap where they can make wrong decisions and get manipulated easily because of the mind games such hackers can play.

Hence it is very essential for users to know what information share online and whether or not websites they are being led to are authentic or not and in case any time something seems fishy on the web should be avoided at all cost. There is no hard and fast rule to avoid being scammed online but these are few ways through which it can be prevented.
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