Scraped and Exposed | 235 Million Profiles from Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Found Online

Woman looking through social media profiles

What Happened

On August 19, 2020, researchers at Comparitech uncovered an unsecured database with 235 million Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube user profiles exposed online. The ownership of this latest data leak was traced to a defunct social media data broker, Deep Social, who forwarded the breach notification to Social Data. Continue reading

Cross-Linking Social Media & Apps is Risky Business

The Fine Line Between Convenience & Security

Try to solve this riddle: What’s something that many of us use every day, but also offers up tons of sensitive and personal information like your age, birthday, location, personal and professional relationships and more – all publicly? 

The answer: your social media profiles. 

While you may feel uneasy leaving your house unlocked when you’re away on vacation, leaving your personal information open to the public never seems as bad. Free, personalized services at the cost of your personal data can easily seem worth the trade. 

But if you didn’t know already, few things in life are truly free.  Continue reading