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Social Media Data Security: How to Secure Your Data and How Truly Secure Is It?

Social media data security is greatly becoming a trend, thanks to the latest tech inventions disrupting the way we relate and communicate.

The advent of the digital age through the internet has given birth to a new platform or tool that aims to fast track the exchange of communication. The term “internet” which was loosely described as a global network of computers served as the backbone for these platforms that amplifies what technology experts termed as a “global communication system.

Tech-savvy users used the terms internet, the web, or WWW interchangeably; all these terms operate in the same context and language of Information Technology or IT. The internet or the web as we call it today is composed of a very complex infrastructure of peopleware, software, and hardware. But all these elements perform a dynamic web of a communication system designed to provide easy access to information using advanced technological platforms.

Fast forward to the 21st century, the internet ushered a new era of technological tools with the end of the goal of establishing closer and efficient connectivity in real time. And so digital entrepreneurs launched “social media” platforms with each platform performing a unique and distinct role in peoples’ lives.

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SM is a modernized way of interactions/conversations between people of diverse groups via a virtual network of communities.

What is social media? 

By its simplest definition, the term social media is a certain way of interactions where an individual or a group of people share information they created in a digital group or virtual network of communities. This type of social interactions is done by using several platforms or tools to engage other people using digital communication.

These social media platforms or tools are categorized according to their purpose and functions. There are blog tools intended to be a platform to generate discussions over a particular topic or issue. We have tools that connect your friends and families or with other people through a social network. We also have tools that aim to generate information by using a short type of messaging. Other social media tools served as a platform to publicly display and share your photos, and videos, among people. We also used tools that allow people to exchange relevant details about jobs as shared by a group of professionals.

Some of the popular social media platforms widely used by the netizens nowadays are photo and video sharing app Instagram, social media app Facebook, micro-blogging site Twitter, video sharing and hosting app YouTube, photo and video hosting app Flickr, text messaging apps Snapchat, Viber, Telegram, among others.

Social media statistics 

In gist, all these social media tools play an essential role in our lives, whether privately or publicly. A recent report by online site Statista revealed that at present, social media users across the globe now is at 2.77 billion. Statista projected that the present number of social media users is seen to increase until 2021. For 2019, the 2.77 billion social media users could triple in the coming years. The same company, however, warned that the increasing number of social media users across the globe is prone to identity theft. It further emphasizes the need to develop a stringent implementation of policy that would protect social media users’ personal information.

Threats of social media

With the expected ballooning of social media users, digital security analysts fear that such huge figures of social media users can be a target of digital fraud, identify theft and other digital-related crimes. In particular, they raised the issue of data privacy, which, in several cases, the personal data of social media users have fallen into the hands of hackers that led to identity theft.

The issue of the data breach was triggered when social media giant Facebook has reportedly stored the passwords of its users—numbering to millions—unencrypted. This means that Facebook is storing the passwords of its users in such a way that it can be read by its staff and employees. Such expose was met with harsh criticism from Facebook users, digital security analysts, and government officials.

According to Facebook, it receives at least 600,000 hacking attempts daily. Apart from Facebook, other social media platforms were also hacked in the past. For instance, it can be recalled in 2012 that LinkedIn was hacked when a hacker exposed the passwords of the 117 million users of the company. The hacking incident pushed LinkedIn to place a safety mechanism on its platform to protect the company’s users from any hacking attempts in the future.

How to secure your social media data on popular social networks? 

The issue of online security threats and breaches in social media data can be avoided by implementing the security features of each social media platforms. By doing so, data breaches can be prevented, and it provided another layer of protection against hackers.

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What are the security concerns pertaining to its use? How can you steer-clear and avoid some of the security threats/complications attached to its use?

Facebook 

Facebook users can download and use the Tor Onion Site option so that hackers can’t track your location when using the social media app. They can also use a VPN service to establish and secure one’s location privately.

Twitter

For Twitter users, they can use CSP so that browsers won’t be able to read Javascript that contains malware, and viruses. Users are also suggested to use a secure connection when using the app by way of Secure Sockets Layer.

LinkedIn 

LinkedIn users are suggested to implement three-level security to improve the app’s confidentiality level. Also, users are further advised to check names for duplicity by clustering them in groups. By doing so, users will be able to identify malicious names.

Use strong passwords 

As a general rule, social media users are advised to use strong and unique passwords, especially those who are using multiple accounts. A strong password has a combination of special characters and alphanumeric characters. A unique combination of these characters using a password manager will thwart any attempts of hacking.

Enable two-factor authentication

Enabling two-factor authentication in every social media account will add an extra layer of protection. This works when a social media app notifies you through text that your accounts are being accessed in a certain location using a particular browser or device.

VPN

But if you want to be secured all the time when using your social media accounts, you might as well consider using VPN. Using a VPN allows your communication to be private by securing it through the use of encryption. This means that all your communication will pass in a secure and encrypted communication channel.

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Can Bebuzee become the next Social Media Giant?

For those who have not heard about Bebuzee, it is an emerging Social Network, with a small dedicated team with huge passion and determination, competing to become potentially one of the most successful Social Networks to grace this planet.

A social media that pays

Over the past decade Social Media and social networks in particular, have become an extremely powerful force, changing the way people use the internet today. Simply a great and successful period in our timeline (got it?). From thousands to millions and millions of people use the likes of Facebook and Twitter and even the newly found success Ello. Before social networks, I’m sure you have some sort of idea of what people used to do to engage with each other online. MSN and Yahoo Messenger, probably one of the biggest methods of chat from the early noughties, possibly right through to about 2006.

Well at the end of this era, Facebook were still growing and so many of us weren’t aware of them. So of course we learnt over to the next big trending online social medium. This in our eyes turned out to be in the form of MySpace (launched 2003), the California based, social networking service with a strong music emphasis owned by Specific Media LLC and pop music singer and actor Justin Timberlake. They had a significant influence on pop culture and music.

Unfortunately this era was short lived with Myspace falling down the pecking order of one of the most used Social Mediums in the world, similarly to Bebo. This was a fortunate stepping stone for the likes of Facebook and Twitter, enabling them to take off imminently. Not so long after, we had wonderful creations popping up from absolutely everywhere. Some of which include the likes of Instagram, one of the fastest growing social networks of all time, reaching one million downloads in the short space of only two and a half of months, making them indestructible in regards to fastest growing social mediums. Other names include WhatsApp, the mobile messenger giants; Snapchat, a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegal, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, former Stanford University students.

Moving on, Pinterest is another revolutionary application but available for both mobile and web, it offers visual discovery, collection, sharing and storage tool. Adding to all of these mediums we have last but not least Youtube, who are the largest video-sharing website in the world, late owned by Google and based in the ever famous California. Each and every one of these apps, websites and social networks, have all over time successfully contributed in making this remarkable competitive market to anyone who wishes to strive in bringing a new lease of life into the technology world. Many would argue that, the internet holds everything a market would require to satisfy a user. Conversely, others would say that there is still a gap in the market and plenty of room for opposition to come in with new projects and better what is currently out there.

Alternatively, through various bits of research through one of our very own surveys. We found out that social media users are still disgruntled about certain features, arousing concerns within mediums, allowing them to be exploited. Funny you should be confused? Yes, that’s right! For years, social networks have exploited their users through small print. Honestly, who has the patience to go through all of these little words upon agreeing to sign up to something as exciting as Facebook? These small prints allow social networks to take personal information, data and permission to view of texts, pictures, videos and access to particular apps such as the Messenger. This is then sold on to competitors or advertisers in exchange for their own personal gain, or actual money to put it another way. So not only are users unwittingly disclosing their entire confidential data via their phone but they are also allowing themselves to be marketed. Reports claim that this collected data is then both marketed and advertised back to you via the form of spam emails and popups. It just goes to show you that nobody in our common world can be trusted. Even if they are not in the wrong and are craftily pulling the wool over your eyes. The worst thing about all of this is, that if you wanted to opt out of the likes of Facebook messenger accessing all of your personal details, it is not possible in any way or form on most devices. We have heard of very few cases of which android based mobile handsets have enabled users to change the permissions for this even though this hasn’t been proven nor confirmed. This is sadly, leaving people with no choice but to either shut their social network accounts down or stick with them and suffer being subjugated against their will. This is the result of a lack of options or a narrow minded approach of conning innocent loyal users.

Bebuzee, on the brighter side, have been extremely cautious of such situations taking place in the world around them hence do not take or sell any third party data under any circumstance, what so ever. They also firmly believe that this is not fair and a prejudicial way to make money out of millions. Bebuzee have better intentions, not to con their users, but to reward them for using their services and remain a loyal user.

Is this the new social media network we've been waiting for, see why Bebuzee beats other social network sites in revenue sharing with users

Social Networks, as a whole make million and millions if not billions of dollars every year. Out of these amounts, how much do you think they pay their users? Yep, you probably guessed right. Sweet zero. Further down you will find out how Bebuzee donate half, that’s right, HALF of their entire ad revenue. Resounding, as it is, this sensational approach is said to be the way to go forward and the future of social networking.

Furthermore, reflecting upon this matter, Bebuzee have launched and announced themselves as an integral part of and brand new, social network which is unique and allows users to share profits with them as an integral part of a revenue sharing system. If you read correctly, Bebuzee are actually rewarding all their users the minute they sign up. And once they have logged in they can actively see how much they have gained on their own private dashboard with monitoring facilities.

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Social Networks are free for all, as almost all revenue is generated through advertising and or premium features such as apps. Similarly Bebuzee will not be charging their users, making them feel as if they are part of them nor require any surplus requirements to financially aid them. Bebuzee have a very strong philosophy about their user friendliness and equality, ensuring all users know where they stand within the ever-growing service. Users can then begin their Bebuzee experience, by posting and sharing etc. It shows that if Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Medium had come up with something remotely close to this, somewhere in the past, it would have made them an untouchable and unstoppable force, not wishing anything bad upon them, obviously!Surely the technology babies Bebuzee would have no chance to compete that way.

Nonetheless, Bebuzee’s method of providing what users are lacking, unlike Ello, is making sure both all users and their data are protected under any circumstance. Supposedly, they promise this! It can’t be that bad now, can it? Moving in the direction of at least a few steps ahead of all the others in the game, Bebuzee have some futuristic, almost too ridiculous, yet revolutionary ideas to change the world of socializing.

Bebuzee has generic posting of statuses, profile views, image and earning whilst doing that, takes them to a whole new, different level of social media. Meanwhile, ensuring the users’ privacy and data confidentiality consistently remains, effective.

Subsequently, revenue and earnings, per thousand impressions, the user receives $0.50 and for each click on the ads they receive $0.25. The stats and figures surrounding Bebuzee’s way of succeeding as a brand new social network is rather astonishing. Allegedly we are yet to expect two or three more money making features, which are due to be released later this year.

Other topographies within Bebuzee’s remit, naturally brag a string of incredible features, from standard news feeds, Photo & Video uploads; Rate my Pic to Blogbuz and Fan Page creations.

Bebuzee have also released the all new, Worldwide Business Search/Directory which enables users to add their business or organisation, with information, website link and direct contact details, including photos, direction maps and reviews. A great addition for those who wish to publish, promote and advertise their event, business or organisation.

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World Wide Business Search page

Most Social Networks have their very own messaging services. Bebuzee have taken a slightly slow approach, in the form of a very traditional style Messenger, appearing on the bottom right of the screen when logging in. They are currently developing and will soon introduce further new features, most of which have never been heard of in the Social Media world. All features are designed to create social engagement within the site to accommodate and encourage users to happily post continuous content, safely, allowing their earnings to increase via the traffic generated.

Being new, Bebuzee believe that they are a global network growing together. Finally stating, that they did not simply generate themselves out of thin air, they gratefully thank the millions of users who have helped them get to where they are today. As reported via one of their team members. “Great things are to come, greater thing are to be seen.”

In summary, the public should understand and remember Bebuzee for being the world’s first and only social network which shares revenue with its users. This is expected to be the next internet sensation waiting to explode onto the scene. Rumours say that within a year they could be pushing up against social media giants, Facebook, Twitter, not forgetting the growing Ello too. Users are said to be receiving one dollar ($1USD), for as simple as creating an account. There after the possibilities are endless. Every time you write a blog, your photo is rated or even your profile is viewed by somebody else you are paid. You are rewarded for all clicks and impressions within your account. Phenomenal achievement for a Social Network who only came about four months ago. To this date they boast over five million users. Facebook only managed sixty-four thousand after six months.

This is believed to be one of the easiest yet effective ways to make money online. Of course there is competition from those who provide and earn online services, however a Bebuzee spokesman has stated that this does not change in the slightest. “We are more than happy with our incredible creation, merely providing what we believe to be best for users within our network.”

Obviously, Bebuzee aren’t the only online venture providing it’s users with some sort of income. There are so many variations, most of which include the likes of Amazon Associates and the of course the big boys YouTube. If you are a keen blogger, create an account on internet giants Amazon Associates. This allows you to add links and banners to your website (if you have one). When a person clicks on your link and makes a transaction, you will be given five percent commission automatically. One of the easiest way to make a bit on the side.

Videos, oh videos, I don’t even have to get started with YouTube. All techie internet users will know about these web giants. Upload a video whether its music or viral. Clip sharing will earn you a solid little income on the side if you can rack up the views. You are paid through amount of views, sponsorship and promotional deals. Most other comparisons are minuscule compared to what these guys offer. Bebuzee being the only exception, with half of their ad revenue. Other sites entail gallons of surveys or questionnaires. Even writing blog and reviews. What makes it worse of all is that, most of these don’t actually provide cash in exchange, but instead these poor users are only rewarded with shopping vouchers and discount coupons. Freebies if you are lucky!

Contrariwise, on the upside, reflecting back on what Bebuzee offer, in regards to revenue or money, they boast a variety of revolutionary features as mentioned above.

You may only be aware if you are a current user of theirs, but Bebuzee’s excellent new blogging feature comprises you to blog whenever you want, while solely making a living from other Bebuzers’ who read them. Social media enthusiasts know that making any sort of revenue in this day and age is extremely demanding as the levels of rivalry just go through the roof. Bebuzee have realized that making a simple change and coming up with an ingenious bit of kit could consequently become the next big thing in the tech world. In order to achieve this they welcome the all new Blogbuz, one of their finest creations.

So to begin, Blogbuz is a service which allows any Bebuzee user to post a blog and have the capability to share it where they desire. This can then be shared on various social networks through the share icons below each post.

Sharing is extremely important within Bebuzee, as whatever other users decide to click on or view will result in the poster making a small bit of revenue. The more the user promotes their page or blog, in whatever way, the larger the sum of reward will be. It’s a simple concept.

One positive at the moment is that every user who wishes to sign up to Bebuzee opens their account with one dollar. So sign up, login and you have simply made yourself some money. Sound too good to be true? Well it is decent and spot-on. So going back to where we started. There are two sections to Blogbuz. There is tab on your profile which takes you to ‘Create a new blog,’ and if you scroll right down, you are able to see all of your previously written blogs. However, the actual Blogbuz button is under another icon tab in the form of a three horizontal lines. Via this you are able to navigate through and read various other blog posts. Remember every time you read on one, that user will be rewarded.

All amounts of money made through Bebuzee’s Revenue Sharing system is also accessible via the users’ profile. Basically, once on the profile page, click on the earnings tab. So that you will always be in control of how much you are earning and see how many impressions or clicks you have been receiving.

Adding to this, we briefly mentioned an application or feature called Rate My Pic. This you must unquestionably check out. Fundamentally, users add photos to their gallery within their profile, as per usual. So these images will be accumulated via all Bebuzee users, and once collected, they will appear in Rate my Pic. The dazzling entity about this is that every time your photo or picture appears in Rate my Pic and is rated, an impression will be added to your account. This only means one thing. You are making money, and you’re going to be rich! Well of course that depends how much time and dedication the individual decides to put in. Remember, hard work always pays off. Justin Bieber can tell you that. The ultimate moral of this social network is to make sure users’ have something to smile about. Bebuzee hope they have ensured this.

Whether your taste is a combination of social networks or one in particular, you need to have fun in what you do just like what all the young entrepreneurs do in this modern day.

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A new Social Network dubbed “the Saviour of Social Media”

A new Social Network dubbed “the Saviour of Social Media world”, because it promises to share revenue with its user and never sell user data to marketing companies or any other organization.

Bebuzee does not release numbers but says it has over 5 million registered users since its date Launch 1st of July 2014.
The Simple design consisting of Sky blue and red as its prime colours, Status updates and photo/video uploads are the primary functions. Friends are added to your network, Worldwide Business Directory useful for those searching from fish and chips to Big Suppliers. Rate my Pic feature added for users to gain photo popularity through a random list of pictures and gain more impressions through other user rating your picture for fun. Questions and Answers feature has a selective category for different questions from love to farming. Blogbuz Feature to create blogs while the blogbuz feed is shown from the most recent blog to the last. Messenger to keep in touch with your networks and share files plus notification button to keep track of any updates in your profile. My Earning Features are there to keep track of impressions earned and payment due. All This Features are there to break the business mould and accommodate its users to create traffic and earn money doing so.

For every new account open $1 is already earned and accumulated on my earnings tab, in 30 seconds it takes to join the user is already $1 dollar better off and the more you post the higher the impression counts on your earnings tab. For every 1000 impressions (views of content post) 50c of a dollar will be rewarded and for every click of an advert 25c of a dollar is gained. So the higher your network and influence the more impressions the user will earn on their account. Most Facebook users have 100s of friends and once the word goes out and you start finding friends on the

Bebuzee site, the easier it will be to gain 100s of impressions daily, the possibility for the site and the user is limitless and exciting.

Blogbbuz Feature was created to fulfill the need of blogging capabilities desired by users and not having to keep exchanging sites and promoting through links, why not build a fan base on a real Social Network and keep earning through impressions and clicks. On blogbuz you can easily share on other Social Networks to keep adding impressions, you can also add video formats for which I believe is now called vlogging.

“Rate my Pic” feature was added to generate more impressions and boost popularity of user photos, when you click on rate my pic feature you will find a random selection of photos in one screen, were you can rate from “love it”, “maybe” and “not really” and from then it will move on to the next photo. Users can also rate friends pictures when they go on their friends profile and click on the photos tab, you will see a photo gallery made of 5 strips were you can also rate, this is providing a tool for more impressions to be earned and generating traffic, no other Social Network has anything similar to “Rate my Pic”.

The World Wide Business Search Page is another innovative tool for the user, Search the type of Business, the Location and add your address so that a map screen will show you how to get there. We all want to find local restaurants but find searching on search engines a bit annoying and time consuming as there is not one website that has this kind of directory, if there is, some smaller restaurants are missing out because they do not wish to pay to advertise, but on Bebuzee it is totally free of charge, any user can add their business on this directory with no compromises.

The Data Collected from Users has fueled a boom in digital advertising Sector as marketers use it to target ads to the right people. Bebuzee is tackling with the reality, without ads no Social Network will survive and I doubt people will pay monthly fees to use a Social Network. Most Users have not left a Social Network because of ads, but to get paid to Socialise is a whole new Business Mould and be able to tackle the giants of Social Media.

Ads are there to display and show what the big brands are doing, in a free world we all want to have the freedom of information and ads help us make choices. We are accustomed to ads, but should the user be milked for money by Social Media indirectly or should we benefit too from the billions of dollars generated on this platform? I certainly hope most of us wish to benefit from such revenue, it will make the User a little bit happier and the company fulfill Socio-economic obligations. No other site offers monetary benefits just for socializing and doing what we all do every day on Social Networks.

With Younger consumers who feel that most Social Networks are not giving them what they want, been the case that this audience are less repetitive to traditional Marketing. You’ve got to ask yourself “Where is the alternative”? The Founder Joe Onyero said “The user is who we cater for and our business model will enrich the user experience through Revenue Sharing and Strict Data Confidentiality, nobody has thought of the user as the way we do”. For every post you share, every network friend you make and every blog or question you create it adds on to the amount of impressions you gain to accumulate money and be able to withdraw money for every $100 dollars accumulated. The Argument is you are treated as partners, with respect and not as a commodity, “You made us Global the USER” this is in Bebuzees DNA.

Overall Bebuzee Portrays itself as ethically correct, created out of the frustration of the users who have no ship to jump to. Bubuzee could be that ship, rewarding those (the user) that make things happen through a monetary fashion.
Were the internet is an open space with commercial value and why not all benefit and not only the same giants that have been allowed to monopolised this field.