How safe is our stay on the world wide web? Every day, millions of people go online. Everyone has different goals: someone wants communication and entertainment, and someone wants profit.
What is Social Media Trap?
A study on the state of the Internet by ConsumerReports revealed a growing concern for Facebook users about the privacy of personal information.
The report on the social security study identified the following problem areas:
- Some people spread too much information. For example, they write about where they are going to go or about their diseases and medicines that they take.
- Some do not use security settings. Many users of social networks do not know about the existence of security settings or do not know how to apply them.
- Social networks collect too much information. About all your “gestures”: authorization on the site, clicking the “Like” button, viewing profiles of other users, the IP address from which you are logged in, etc. etc.
- Information about you is used, even if you do not want it. Including when you have denied access to your information for “not friends.” No one guarantees that your “friend” tomorrow will not allow any application to use and transfer your information to third parties.
- There are also legal issues. Social networks work globally, but privacy laws vary widely across regions. What is legal in one country may be illegal in another.
- The situation is only getting worse. Many users of social networks admitted that over the past year they have experienced certain problems: from intimidation and harassment to unauthorized access to your account.
Is it all bad with the security of personal data on social networks?
Excessive dissemination of information
Many users write about where they are going to go in the near future or where they will fly on vacation. This information can and is already used by criminals. Of course, there is a lack of more extensive statistics on such incidents – whether this is an isolated case or a steady trend.
The report also says about those who publicly like the pages devoted to some diseases. They may lose health insurance due to the disclosure of confidential information.
Bulling and Harassment on the Internet
A recent report says that more than 800 thousand children under the age of 13 were hit by Facebook. Trolling, harassment, unwanted information – all this can adversely affect the children's psyche. In India, this problem has tragically manifested itself in many ways such as – deleterious effect on physical health, psychological health, and behavioural problems.
Facebook and other social networks collect too much information that can be shared with third parties. Yes, and we ourselves, if we do not follow the rules of safe staying on the network, can endanger ourselves and our loved ones.
What you need to do in order not to fall into the trap of social networks:
1. Think before you post something.
2. Check how your page looks to an outside observer.
3. Protect basic information from prying eyes.
4. Find out what information you cannot protect.
5. Close your wall from “not friends.”
6. Block applications and sites that try to collect too much information about you.
7. Delete your profile on social networks.
And what do you think, the problem of security in social networks is sucked from the finger? How do you protect yourself from unwanted trolls?