People need to understand the dangers of freely placing large amounts of personal information on the internet through web sites such as Facebook, which basically gives out most of a person’s information on one site alone. What most people do not understand is that, once information is placed on the web it will virtually exist forever; there will always be a way that the government will be able to track this information. People need to understand the ways that they can better protect their personal information. Several vulnerabilities come with using online sites, understanding that fact and learning how to protect pe... ... middle of paper ... ...f ever necessary. Today many people are not aware of the online dangers that exist, people placing out numerous amounts of personal information to various sites, needs to become an area of interest, so that corrections to this mindset can be enforced.
Sharing of content and personal information can cause serious issues like identity theft, unwanted contact and harassment, etc. User should be always aware about the content they are sharing on Facebook. Every user wants to be safe when they are using Facebook so the privacy and safety on Facebook is very essential. 2.0 Literature Review Facebook users are not generally concerned about their privacy and security. They are publishing lots of sensitive personal information on Facebook.
With the usage of the digital technology and the internet, it is impossible to avoid leaving digital footprints, but with the measures in place, users can significantly reduce the amount of their personal information that is available online for harvest by companies like Facebook, Google and so on. Installing antiviruses on technological devices and avoiding using public Wi-Fi can also help keep online criminals at a distance. In addition, digital technology and the internet pose serious security issues to individuals, organizations, and even the government. Recently, according to CNNmoney.com, Sony Pictures computer systems were infiltrated by hackers, leaving the company offline for over a week. The criminals behind this incident also leaked personal information of their employees and sent threaten email to some of the employees.
As a user of the World Wide Web, it is one’s responsibility to learn more about Heartbleed, in order to help protect one’s online identity and to make sure it is protected both now and in the future. “A widespread vulnerability in OpenSSL, the software library used to secure communications on the web, has undermined the security on hundreds of thousands of web servers, and has left online companies scrambling to close the security hole,” states a bold headline written by Robert L. of Eweek Magazine Issue 1. (2014). Heartbleed allows a hacker to extract what was previously thought to be secure information using several rudimentary princip... ... middle of paper ... ...eved April 22, 2014, from EBSCO Janssen, C. (2014, April 14). What is the Heartbleed Bug?
Every click or selection you make online is being stored and permanently kept on record that includes anything you may have Googled, investigated or researched. Some people believe that user privacy is dead (Rambam 2011). More and more we are being encouraged to give away more information about ourselves online, and the greatest intrusion into our online activities comes from social networking sites. The lack of user privacy on social networking sites has led to dramatic changes in people’s lives such as targeting by the media and marketing researchers, the buying and selling of user information and other unethical forms of privacy invasion. Online activity is increasingly being used as e... ... middle of paper ... ...ause there is a fine line between conspiracy and assumptions when it comes to online privacy.
The dangers of the internet Privacy is a thing of the past because of social media and the internet. Every day millions of people fall victim to identity theft, fraud and are put in danger. This is because of how many people carelessly post all their information online as well as companies tracking it. The information that people post and companies track include locations, plans, and even addresses. This information is private yet now more than ever it is easily accessed online because of what we post and where we post it.
The commercial industries have latched onto the internet as if it were free money. Many, though have been caught unaware. Commerce suffers greatly from information leaks and infringement. One of the largest losses come from the loss of trade secrets. Joseph Kizza, an expert researcher in the field of internet influence, states the problem succinctly: Two types of information can leak on the internet: (1) information on devices, designs, processes, software designs, and many other industrial processes, and (2) information on individual employees’ life possessions-- employee- accumulated knowledge and experience...When an employee is hired by a company he/she usually signs a contract with a new employer against disclosure of information “acquired in the course of employment.” But by the nature of the internet an employee can live by this contract and yet disclose as much information, most times unknowingly, into the internet community.
Some specialists suggest sharing private data, for example, addresses and schedules, leads to increased vulnerability of users and they become easily trackable for stalkers (Acquisti and Gross, 2006; Jones and Soltren, 2005). Worth noting is the fact that using Facebook and sharing seemingly innocent content can have a huge impact on one’s life outside social media. Debatin et al. (2009, p. 97) state that Facebook incites rumours and gossips, however, many users often regard it as a minor side effect. Ordinarily, the problem of social privacy is caused by a wide range of ‘friends’ – from schoolmates to family members and acquaintances.
The ability to determine your privacy settings is at times confusing, and at other times, simply misleading. People you don’t know at all can see what you write and look at the pictures you share. Furthermore, there are children at risk due to the spread of social networking sites and the constant threat of sexual predators. There are constant updates and re-writes in reference to privacy protection, particularly from Facebook. Even more alarming is the possibility of the government looking through your social media profile, photos, and personal page.