Social Media’s Privacy Problem

Social media has made privacy an idea of the past. Nowadays, if you want to find someone online, a quick Facebook search makes it relatively easy to find the person’s pictures, interests, and personal information. We have all given up some aspect of privacy when we sign up for social media online. Our loss of privacy starts with the information that we freely give out to the online public.

A study done by Pew Research Center concluded, “Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past. For the five different types of personal information that we measured in both 2006 and 2012, each is significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media users in our most recent survey.”

People on social media have their pictures, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdays for the public to see. We give out this information without hesitation. This type of information can be used in many cases of identity theft. Additionally, with location trackers, people can see wherever you are in the world at any time. This makes it easier for people to know when you are not home, which makes your home vulnerable for robberies.

“Many identity thieves tend to hack their victim’s email accounts by simply using the personal information available on social media profile.”

By gathering all the information above, a person, with ill intentions, can hack into accounts containing sensitive information. So, we are freely giving out the information that makes it possible for hackers to access our accounts.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-cohen/privacy-risk-with-social-_b_13006700.html

http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/05/21/teens-social-media-and-privacy/

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