Title: Using Multiple Profiles to Protect Privacy in Web-Based Social Networks

Issue Number: Vol. 7, No. 4
Year of Publication: Dec - 2018
Page Numbers: 363-372
Authors: Lila Ghemri, Sabrina Shahnaj, Emma Hamilton
Journal Name: International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002475


Being a member of a Web-based social network has become an integral part in the lives of millions of individuals. People make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and chronicle their life events using online social networks. However, online social networks can also become a threat to one’s privacy if information finds its way to an unwanted audience. This usually happens when private information gets disclosed, either inadvertently or maliciously, to an unintended recipient. This article proposes a framework that will address the issue of unwanted disclosure by allowing a member of a social network to create multiple profiles, select whom to add to each profile, and post to a profile instead of posting to a generic view, as it is done nowadays. In the authors’ opinion, this solution can assure users that their posts and interactions are restricted to their intended group and consequently cannot be disclosed beyond it.