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One of the main threats to Facebook users’ privacy is the amount and type of information they share with others. The article “College Students’ Social Networking Experiences on Facebook” by Tiffany Pempek et al, from the department of psychology of the Georgetown University, shows the result of an investigation made with 92 college students regarding to their habits on Facebook. One of the sections of the report shows that more than 90% of the studied
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Another threat to the privacy of Facebook users are the great numbers of contacts they have. As discussed above, an average Facebook user has 130 friends, but if we ask ourselves how many real friends we have and how many we can truly trust we would find out that this number is much smaller than 130. The problem is that among those 130 friends usually there is no differentiation between acquaintances, friends, close friends and family. In most of the cases people does not set up privacy restrictions to the different groups. “Students’ Facebook ‘friends’: public and private spheres” is a report of a study, presented on the Journal for Youth Studies, made to college students about the characteristics of their contacts on Facebook. The study, made by Anne West professor of the department of Social Studies of the London School of Economics, reported that the students of the sample had an average of 82 friends on the real world and an average of 200 friends on Facebook. The problem issue of such a difference is that personal information related to our daily lives is being shared with people who we barely know, and certainly we cannot trust.
The final threat to privacy, out of the control of Facebook, is the presence of hackers on the internet. During the years we have seen that security systems on Internet have been improving and becoming more complex; however, we also see constant ‘cyber attacks’ to different web sites with the purpose of stealing information. Such attacks demonstrate that hackers are keeping up with the security improvements enhancing their techniques as well. In the article “The Impact of Facebook on Our Students” written by Doug Fodeman director of technology at Brookwood School in Manchester, UK, it can be found that the main reason hackers have to attack social networks, is to steal financial information. The author says “Once phished, scammers use various applications to suck out personal information from a user's entire network of friends. Scammers try using the phished information, including the login password, to access banks and credit card accounts because they know that most people have one password for all their accounts”(37). Showing that whenever this sort of attack occurs, the user compromises personal information, other accounts and also his friends. Since not all Facebook users are computer Geeks that know when to identify this kind of threats and how to avoid them, and hackers are constantly updating their methods it is hard to find a solution to the problem simply because there is nothing that Facebook can do to solve it definitely.
A couple of examples of what happens when the information falls in the wrong hands are given in “Facing Facebook: A Guide for Non-teens” by Del Siegle, associate professor of educational Psychology in the University of Connecticut. Siegle mentions the case of a young man, Facebook user, who was applying to a position in a police department, and was denied the job after finding pictures related to alcohol and college parties in his profile. The second example he gives says the following “A teaching candidate was pulled from his practicum assignment when an administrator at the school where he was assigned saw derogatory comments he had made about teachers at the school on his Facebook page”(16). These two examples clearly show that the consequences of posting and sharing private information on Facebook can produce serious problems to the users since “nothing posted to the Internet should ever be considered private” (Siegle, 16). Facebook as a social network and web site represents minimum threats to the privacy of its users compared to the risk that themselves represent to their own privacy, making the correct use of Facebook an ethical problem in today’s society. For our own good and convenience, it is our duty as users to control what we say, show and share on the internet.
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