Privacy in regards to social media is something that's been taken for granted, even in the face of hackers becoming more brazen in their attacks. With the growing integration of social media into our daily lives, its not surprising many have become more than comfortable holding private conversation or even revealing intimate details about their lives on Facebook, despite the scores of privacy issues that have been associate with the social media website. As a result, people regularly find them selves blindsided by hacker attacks, unaware of how such luck could have come upon them. The fact is people have never really been educated on the importance of personal privacy on the internet, they simply jump into the internet under that assumption its a world full of chocolate rivers and candy based vegetation. In addition, the word privacy has unjustly become synonymous with being secretive, and many feel as if they have nothing to hide.

Personal privacy is protecting your information from all who seek to use it in a harmful manner. Whether they are hackers, who want to use your credit cards to finance their frivolous lifestyle or a potential stalker who wants to know your whereabouts at all times of the day. Personal privacy is not about hiding your misconduct, but instead it about personal protection of your assets, both monetary and personal, and most importantly protection of self. Most are aware of the universality of social media, however, they often forget that includes hackers and scammers, searching for their next mark.

Most people simply underestimate the ingenuity of hackers. Well let me put this simply, hackers know computers better than you do, they know how to access your information better than you. Hackers often utilize a technique of manipulation called "social engineering in which they will utilize easily accessible information to gain sensitive information. For instance, say if you were to post on Facebook, "My mom is in the hospital please keep Cathy Johnson in your prayers." Depending on her marital status you could have inadvertently revealed her maiden name, which is a security question often used by banks and other organizations. A hacker could change your password and clean out your account in a matter of minutes. Its that easy.

Thats not to say to say you should delete all of your social media accounts. The important thing is to be aware of who has access to your information. On Facebook, the safest route is to make sure none of your post are public. That way you can be assured that you know everyone who can see your material. A further step, would be to utilize the groups on Facebook. Group the people you trust the most into one group. In which case, if you need to post something personal, you can be sure it will only visible to your family and close friends. Make sure your Twitter and Linkedin private. Its fun to check in from restaurants but try to avoid checking in publicly when you are on vacation, because it lets people know you're not home, leaving an opportunity for your house to be burglarized. Lastly, perhaps the most obvious of them all is to never forget to log-out of your Facebook when you use a public computer.


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