Online social networks security and privacy: comprehensive review and analysis

Ankit Kumar Jain, Somya Ranjan Sahoo, Jyoti Kaubiyal
2021 Complex & Intelligent Systems  
AbstractWith fast-growing technology, online social networks (OSNs) have exploded in popularity over the past few years. The pivotal reason behind this phenomenon happens to be the ability of OSNs to provide a platform for users to connect with their family, friends, and colleagues. The information shared in social network and media spreads very fast, almost instantaneously which makes it attractive for attackers to gain information. Secrecy and surety of OSNs need to be inquired from various
more » ... sitions. There are numerous security and privacy issues related to the user's shared information especially when a user uploads personal content such as photos, videos, and audios. The attacker can maliciously use shared information for illegitimate purposes. The risks are even higher if children are targeted. To address these issues, this paper presents a thorough review of different security and privacy threats and existing solutions that can provide security to social network users. We have also discussed OSN attacks on various OSN web applications by citing some statistics reports. In addition to this, we have discussed numerous defensive approaches to OSN security. Finally, this survey discusses open issues, challenges, and relevant security guidelines to achieve trustworthiness in online social networks.
doi:10.1007/s40747-021-00409-7 fatcat:s4mc4ydaa5hdhpgghwqsjmyruq