Social Networking is an online community of people, some coming together on certain topics, beliefs, or simply for friendships.
The first social networking site arose in 1997. Sixdegrees.com served as a place for users to create profiles and surf other user profiles as well.
Social networking became popular through means of online dating sites, personal sites and business sites.
Social networking popularity rose with the creation of the site Livejournal.com.
Problems in Privacy and Security of Social Networking
A security issue occurs when a hacker gains unauthorized access to a site’s protected coding or written language.
A privacy issue occurs when there is unwarranted access of private information. Privacy issues do not necessarily mean a breach of security.
Potential harm to users comes down to how much information is shared on the networking site. The more you share, the more friends and applications you have, the more at risk you are.
Lapses in security and privacy happen simply because of the astronomical amount of information the site processes everyday – making it easier for hackers to exploit a single flaw in the system.
On sites such as Facebook.com, the framework of the site has flaws built in that can be exposed and leave the site indefensible.
Solutions to Social Networking Issues
The only solution to privacy and security issues is the user must limit the amount of information they share and careful about what is shared. Limit your presence in social networking all together.
Don’t post anything you wouldn’t mind telling a complete stranger. If you wouldn’t invite strangers over to see your cat, you certainly shouldn’t show them all the pictures of your holiday and your family.
Be careful who you friend – there’s no way to check the identity of an online user.
Don’t share your passwords with anyone. It is common for hackers to pretend to be IT workers and such in order to gain access.
There are people out there who want your information.
Take care of your computer to avoid viruses and other problems.
Buy software to keep your information safe.
Be careful online, especially with social networking sites.
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