English

The 2nd CGTN Global Media Summit and the 8th CCTV+ Video Media Forum(VMF2018) opened in Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, on Oct. 16 2018. Joshua Benton, founder and director of Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, delivered a keynote speech on “the privacy protection on social media”.


Information security is one of the biggest threats we face today. “To be alive in 2018 is to be hacked,” said Benton while supporting his point with a series of cases of data leakage involving major social media platforms including Facebook and Google+.


“Why does social media, among others, become a main target for hackers? ”Benton pointed out it was because of their extensive and enormous influence worldwide. Facebook and Google together take up 70 percent of the global mobile advertising business.


Therefore, social media is a “super tempting target” in the eyes of hackers for different purposes – “immediate profit, identity theft and targeted messaging”. The hackers can directly steal bank account information and sell personal information to third parties for illegal use.


Benton suggested four ways to better protect online privacy:

(1)  Set strong and unique passwords;

(2)  Never overlook privacy settings;

(3)  Delete useless and outdated posts from time to time;

(4)  The most important privacy settings are in one’s head, not the privacy settings. 

      That is, always stay alert to privacy protection.


Privacy Protection on Social Media

The 2nd CGTN Global Media Summit and the 8th CCTV+ Video Media Forum(VMF2018) opened in Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, on Oct. 16 2018. Joshua Benton, founder and director of Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, delivered a keynote speech on “the privacy protection on social media”.


Information security is one of the biggest threats we face today. “To be alive in 2018 is to be hacked,” said Benton while supporting his point with a series of cases of data leakage involving major social media platforms including Facebook and Google+.


“Why does social media, among others, become a main target for hackers? ”Benton pointed out it was because of their extensive and enormous influence worldwide. Facebook and Google together take up 70 percent of the global mobile advertising business.


Therefore, social media is a “super tempting target” in the eyes of hackers for different purposes – “immediate profit, identity theft and targeted messaging”. The hackers can directly steal bank account information and sell personal information to third parties for illegal use.


Benton suggested four ways to better protect online privacy:

(1)  Set strong and unique passwords;

(2)  Never overlook privacy settings;

(3)  Delete useless and outdated posts from time to time;

(4)  The most important privacy settings are in one’s head, not the privacy settings. 

      That is, always stay alert to privacy protection.


About Organizer
CCTV+, a leading video news agency in China that offers Chinese perspective on international news, started operating in December 2010.
Contact us
  • service@cctvplus.com
  • +86 (0) 10 6396 0094
  • VMF 2018