Personal Learning ProjectDU-GNED1481 - Kevin Baker
Online Profiles Social media links people together from all over the world With the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger you can learn many things about somebody you’ve never met before Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram all have profiles where you can view and see the person’s name, date of birth, hometown etc.
Privacy Features Social media platforms usually offer some sort of security measures Facebook allows you to only be seen by friends of friends or only your current friends Twitter has the option of protecting your tweets, only allowing approved followers to view your thoughts Google+ has the option of disabling the ability for somebody to re share a post you have made
Creating Your Account Social media websites always ask for private information when creating a user account Your first and last name and your age, including date of birth are almost always asked for Typically you will also be asked where you live, city and country
Retrieving Username or Password When you create an account on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for example, you are asked security questions in case you forget your username or password These questions usually ask for personal information Facebook and Twitter both ask for your phone number if you can’t remember the email address used when you created the account
Who Has Access to thisInformation? When you put your information on the internet it is available to many people Social Media websites get the funding they need to run from the users When you sign up for Twitter or Facebook you don’t pay money but you do pay with your personal information These social media platforms give your information to companies
Clicking Away Your Privacy By using Social Networks you leave yourself vulnerable to having your personal information on the web for many people to see and take advantage of Facebook is the best at tricking you into allowing large companies to use your info Facebook offers games on users’ timelines, once you click the button to play the game you have just given permission for your personal information to be used and you probably were not aware
Large Companies and YourPersonal Information Many large companies use social media to market their products the best way possible, by knowing many personal things about the consumers Facebook gives out users information to companies so that they can continue to run the website In Japan, Nissen Co. LTD is a catalog company that actually personalizes over 200 million catalogs to individuals based on the information retrieved from Facebook (Siciliano, 2009)
Deleting A Social Media Account If you decide you want to simply delete your twitter handle, Facebook profile or Instagram account think again With Facebook you can only “deactivate” your account meaning that information is never gone On Twitter you can delete your account but your tweets can still be viewed, they will always be on the web Once you delete your Instagram account you may think you won’t see your photos online anymore but a company may already be using your photo for advertising courtesy of Instagram
Location Data The most popular social media websites today now have a feature that shows your location when you tweet, post a picture or update your status This allows anybody to know your location once you make a post
Terms of Service Whenever a person signs up for an account on a social media website there is always a terms of service or conditions page(s) The print is usually small and very dull which in turn makes it difficult for the users to actually focus, read and understand what the terms and conditions are In 2011 a survey done in the UK showed that only about 7% of people actually read the terms of service (Smithers, 2011) The same survey showed that 58% of adults said they would rather read an instruction manual and 12% would rather read the phonebook (Smithers, 2011) There were 21% of people polled that have actually been harmed by not reading the terms and conditions (Smithers,2011) The terms and conditions usually hold very valuable information. For instance the instagram terms of service state that they are allowed to be paid by companies for the right to display your username, photos and location date (Patel, 2013)
Identity Theft Social Media accounts make it very easy to be targeted by someone who may try to steal your identity According to PC World, about one third of social networkers have a minimum of three pieces of information available on their profiles that could lead to identity theft (Siciliano, 2009) Information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, and mothers’ maiden names are just a few of the things that could help a thief steal your identity When polled about privacy issues with social networking, 80% of people say they are concerned yet about 60% of them don’t even know their own privacy settings on their profiles (Siciliano, 2009)
The Good and The BadPros of Social Networking Cons of Social Networking Easy to use Without proper Fast and effective for precautions your privacy keeping in touch with can be invaded friends and family Can sometimes lead to Stay connected to the conflicts between work world life and personal life Creates great business Your data can not be opportunities easily removed from the internet once it is posted
Conclusion After doing research on the topic of privacy within the world of Social Media I have discovered how unsafe users are with their information Nobody would go to a complete stranger on the street and start showing them photos of themselves or their family or friends but we would allow them to view our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ profiles Without taking proper precautions through the many privacy features available with Social Media networking websites we leave ourselves vulnerable to problems such as identity theft Social Networking does have it’s upsides but with good there usually is some bad All in all if we just take that extra time to turn on some privacy features, read the terms and conditions and just have some discretion then we can all enjoy the many wonders of Social Media
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