SOCIAL MEDIA DANGERS
Learn the Don'ts of social networking
Imagine this: while surfing the web, you run into a last-minute city-break deal. The offer is so good that you just can’t resist it. So you book it on the spot.
You’re so excited that you immediately write a post on your Timeline: “Found an amazing city-break deal. This weekend I’m off”. Next thing you know, you come back from your trip only to find your apartment turned up-side-down by burglars. This is just an example of how your actions on social networks can leave you exposed to all sorts of dangers, putting at risk not only your internet security but your physical security as well. Find it hard to believe? According to ConsumerReports.org (June 2012), 4.8 million people used Facebook to share their plans for a certain day - a detail that could tip off burglars, 800,000 minors were harassed or bullied on Facebook and 11% of the households using Facebook had trouble, ranging from someone using their log-in without permission, to being harassed or threatened in 2011. In addition, the fact that social networks collect lots of sensitive information about you and have the ability to distribute it faster and more widely than traditional data-gathering firms adds privacy violation to the string of internet security (and physical security) threats posed by non-rational behaviour in social media. Have you ever wondered how much information is really collected? Or who is it shared with? And why?
What is risky behaviour on social networks anyway?