What is social media cybercrime and how to deal with it?


In India’s 1.25 billion population, about 700 million people have phones. Out of these, 25 crore people have smartphones in their pockets, in today’s time there is hardly any person who does not act on social media. Nowadays people are spending more and more of their time on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter social media platforms.

More and more people are signing up for profiles on online social networks to connect in this virtual world, regardless of age and gender. As the use of social media is increasing, in the same way, social media cyber crime is also increasing very fast, today we will know what is social media cybercrime and how to deal with it?

What is social media cybercrime and how to deal with it?

Some of the common crimes that happen on social media are given below.

Profile hacking

Although posting an embarrassing status message by logging into your friend’s social media account may be acceptable among friends, but technically, it is a serious offense. Same if when someone hacks your Social Media Account and also changes its ID and Password, in this situation the user himself is not able to login to his own account. Such cases are known as Profile Hacking. Facebook is the most hacked social networking site and this is usually due to the following reasons:

If your Facebook profile is hacked then you can go to www.facebook.com/hacked and follow the given procedure to recover your profile.

Photo morphing

Morphing is a technique for editing pictures. In this, the same picture is made in many ways or by combining two and more pictures to give it a better or different look. This work is done so meticulously that later the viewer does not even realize that it has been made by mixing two pictures. But nowadays this technology is being misused on social media.

You can’t even stop anyone, if your photos are publicly available on social media, then anyone can download those photos and molest them. 3.2 Billion Images are shared daily on social media. A hacker or criminal converts your image to an obscene image through Photoshop and later uses it on a porn site, or can also blackmail you for money and sex. Thousands of cases of this type are happening daily and such cases especially girls have to face more.

Facebook and almost every social media platform have strong privacy settings that protect the content shared on social media. Do not accept the friendship request of someone whom you do not know.

If someone is harassing you on social media, sending obscene videos and photos, or threatening, then immediately inform the police. Today the police are also very active to stop the increasing cybercrime.

Offers and shopping crime

Nowadays, many messages and posts are being shared on social media in which you will be asked to click on the link given in the message by giving an offer, as if you would claim to give an expensive phone cheaply and it’s For this, you will be asked to pay money in advance but, when they get the money, then they abscond. Or give you some counterfeit goods.

Sometimes in such a message, you will be asked to send this message to 20 other people to take advantage of this offer. As soon as someone clicks on the link given in the message, the personal things on his phone are leaked.

Romance and Dating Crime

Increase in cases of cheating people by trapping them in the web of love or friendship on social media, the figures of cyber cell show that in fact, two such cases are coming every month. Even educated people like girls, boys, doctors, engineers, teachers are falling prey to such fraud. Often people also talk to unknown people on social media especially Facebook and fall prey to their love trap, once they trap you in their love trap, they start demanding money.

Romance scams There are also cases where the person you fall in love with will ask you to pose naked in front of the camera. He will try harder to chat with you on video and he may record your video call and put it on PornSite or start blackmailing you.

Spreading false rumors on social media

In the past few years, there has been an increased interest in the spread of false rumors on online social media. Rumors are an important form of social communication, and the spread of rumors plays a significant role in creating a riot or tension among people. Many people do the work of spreading social, ideological, religious, and political rumors on social networking sites, but the users do not understand their intentions and keep sharing such links knowingly or unknowingly, but also cybercrime and cyber- come under the category of terrorism.

Fake social media accounts

It has become common practice to run ‘Fake ID’ on Facebook these days, and it becomes difficult to find out the right and wrong person. So what to do? Most of us are using social media. Every day you send a friend request to someone or someone sends you but do you know whether the friend request you are sending is a real profile or a fake or the friend request you have received is fake. Research has shown that most of the fake accounts are in the name of girls, but do you know that creating a fake profile in the name of a person and posting objectionable content from that fake profile comes under cybercrime.


Cyberbullying means to threaten, harass or molest someone by using means like internet computer, mobile technology is called cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and cyberharassment are also known as online bullying. Nowadays it is spreading rapidly on social media, especially girls are more victims of it.

Sending rude, degrading, and hurtful messages to someone. Making rude and derogatory comments on social networking sites. Intentionally harassing and intimidating someone by sending content like pornographic images, videos. Harassing, intimidating, and bullying people using the chatroom of social networking sites all come under cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has a bad effect on the lives of children, especially their physical, mental, emotional, and psychological effects.

How to avoid cybercrime?

Never share your personal photos publicly on social media, no one can use them

Be sure to follow the privacy settings given on Facebook, keep the settings in such a way that only your friends or people connected to you can see your photos. Unknown people do not reach them

If you see your photo in the wrong place that you haven’t permitted for, ask to remove it immediately.

Don’t add strangers to Facebook. Sometimes doing this can also cause damage.

Such settings can be made on Twitter that people cannot follow you without your permission. But, usually, people do not do this. Your account can be more secure by making settings more private.

Even if you get caught in any problem, do not panic but inform the police about it.

Always keep your social media account password difficult. Do not create the same password for different social media accounts. Most of the girls try to keep the same password for all their social media accounts. They try to keep it simple so they can remember. Have multiple passwords for different accounts and try to use a password manager to remember them.

Avoid accepting friend requests from unknown people, do not reply to messages to people who are not on your friend’s list.

If the fraudster is calling you to someplace, to give you something or
You should not go if you are asked to go on a date.

Do not transfer your card or bank details with anyone at any cost.

If someone is threatening you, report it to the police.

Never send your private photos with anyone on social media.

Contact the police when you are being harassed online.

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