FAKE OFF The question arises among some Internet users as Twitter is about to give up the ghost
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- While Twitter could be shut down in the coming days, many Internet users are flocking to the decentralized social network Mastodon, seen as a better alternative.
- But some Internet users fear the lack of security on Mastodon, especially for their private messages and passwords. However, the protection remains similar to other users.
- Asked by “20 Minutes”, computer science professor Florence Sèdes especially calls on users to be wary of the data they share by message.
It is free Mastodon. Some even say they saw him steal your data. Since the rumors about the death of the social network Twitter, the faithful are rushing to new alternatives, such as the Mastodon network. But this haven of peace that promises calm and serenity to new users is it that peaceful? This is the question that Internet users are asking themselves, visibly remaining on Twitter.
At the beginning of November, Mathis Hammel, security expert; informatics in particular alerted data protection risks on his Twitter account. “A quick cybersecurity reminder if you decide to go for Mastodon: the server owner can access your private messages and your password. So think about twice before joining the body administered by a relative or a colleague,” said the latter, before recalling that the same is true for Twitter and many other services on the Web. Should we be afraid of the mammoth social network? 20 Minutes takes stock.
While Twitter’s blue bird is (perhaps) breathing its last breath, netizens are peeking in the direction of Twitter’ from Mastodon to start a new digital life. Problem, the social network is in no way an Eldorado of the Web. First of all because it’s a decentralized network. In other words, it is not on a single server, but on a multitude of “”instances” who can organize themselves in a completely different way; made independent… and therefore follow their own rules, particularly in terms of moderation.
What about privacy? As Mathis Hammel explains, the safety rules are basically the same everywhere and Mastodon is no better than Twitter in this area. For Florence Sedès, professor at computer science research institute in Toulouse, this is only useful. nothing to bury Twitter too quickly, which she considers “pretty armored” in terms of data protection. The only problem currently for Elon Musk’s social network, essential jobs for everyone. security have certainly been asked to leave the company during layoffs.
Moreover, the expert insists on the terms: here it’s more about privacy; than cybersecurity. “Your bank, for example, protects your private data but is not to be trusted. safe from security issues. Conversely, you may have a site that discloses your private data, but is shielded. in terms of security.
Messages stored and processed
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In reality, social networks have always used the lowest level of security, according to Florence Sèdes who compares them to locks. “As with the locks of the Canal du Midi, it’s the lowest level of flow that determines the flow of the whole, it’s the same for the networks. This is the lowest level of security. of all these servers which will set a level of security.”
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Other social networks have even wanted to go further by installing full encryption of messages, making it impossible to read them. The method is already installed on WhatsApp and could arrive on Facebook Messenger in 2023, explains Numericals. But Twitter is also said to be thinking about it (if it doesn’t die by then).
Don’t share everything
However, for Florence Sèdes, the problem of privacy is not only found in the protection of data, but also in the information left by the Internet user, without his realizing it. “You expose things, you think they remain in your private domain. Except that this information is never destroyed, there are always copies,” the future more education on this issue.
It therefore invites users, on all types of social networks combined, to be vigilant about the passwords used… but also to the information disclosed to the general public which could make it possible to find these passwords (the name of your dog for example). And Florence Sèdes recalls: “In the field of cybersecurity, we realize that very often the problem is the human link”.