The Recent Facebook Hack: What Does it Mean for our other other Digital Media Platforms?
Nowadays, many social media platforms (Tinder, Spotify, Airbnb) are letting people use Single Sign-On (SSO) to sign into their platforms or register an account. Most, if not all, are using Facebook to create their SSO. So with light of the recent Facebook hack, many social media platforms are questioning how this recent hack affects their users. Many are now implementing full forensic investigations with the aid of Facebook to assess the safety of their customer’s information.
Jason Polakis, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said, “… it’s not easy to evaluate how many accounts of yours hackers might have accessed”. This is the one of the primary risks behind implementing SSO.
This recent occurrence, along with how technology is making our information and lives much more interconnected, is going to make us rethink how we secure our data or how we will protect ourselves in this digital information age. The ‘easier’ we make life for people, the more vulnerabilities we can have. The SSO was designed to help make the sign in process easier, but now it is causing potential risks that we have not seen all the consequences to just yet. As technology is evolving, we will have to consider how to better protect what we put online. It is scary and cool all at the same time.