Privacy and the Future

At the bottom, the elimination of spyware and the preservation of privacy for the consumer are critical goals if the Internet is to remain safe and reliable and credible. ~Cliff Stearns

Privacy especially on the internet has always been a critical issue for the everyday person. When it comes to sharing information especially on something as expansive like the internet, the risk that the information you maybe sharing could be easily taken and used. In this blog post I want to focus on the various ways users share their information, opinions, or other data and what I feel should be the limit of what one should post on the ever-growing net.

The first and most common way that people share their ideas and opinions along with more sensitive info is through social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc..) or other discussion related webpages (forums and chat-rooms just to name a few). Most people who log onto to social media tend to log in and post/tweet something interesting relating to an event that happened to them or to even someone else that had occurred within their daily lives or at the instant that said event. Not only that users are allowed to upload pictures, videos, and other image related media to their profiles. One final note I would like to add is that users can personalize their profiles with information relating to them. This information can range from their phone numbers, their favorite music,movies, hobbies, etc.., and where they work or used to work. Why then does this relate to privacy and what one should limit to posting on the internet? Well for example how about if a user was recently fired from their job. This user out of frustration says some obscene things about their former boss. This user then gets hired at a different employer who then asks the new hire if they have any social media accounts. The user says yes, the employer sees the comments and boom that person doesn’t get hired. Now this person could have deleted this information but if they website doesn’t allow you to delete information (and there are still some websites that do that) you could put yourself in a really bad position.

Along with social media e-shopping can also liable to revealing personal information. Every time you make a transaction with a credit or debit card on the internet, even with the increase standards of encryption and security settings  there are still chances that this information could be compromised. This could then lead to an unwelcome increase in the number of transactions on your card.  This could also include making bank transactions or looking at your bank statements even though security is pretty tight when it comes to such information it is still a  possibility.

My stance on privacy is that the user needs to be aware with what they are submitting on the internet.  Just keep in mind that there are things that you can post that would offend people even if it is a joke. When it comes to e-transactions just checking your credit card statements is the safest way to make sure that your monetary affairs are in order. As long as we are conscious about what we do on the web, the dangers that it presents should be  no problem at all.

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