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How Social Media is Increasingly Infringing Your Privacy

How Social Media is Increasingly Infringing Your Privacy | Social media privacy concerns | Scoop.it
New Year's resolutions are part of tradition. It imbues an atmosphere of confidence and a clean slate – a chance to start over without prejudice. So far, in 2014, you’re convinced that you’ll
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Though the world of social networking can be a somewhat dangerous territory, there are many pros to have access, indeed most of the population will now have an account on at least one, if not more, social networking site. The key rule is just to remember that privacy settings are there for a reason, and should be used optimally. Once this has been appreciated users can enjoy the benefits of the networking page without fear of misuse of their private information! 

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I conducted a simple search on you YouTube to see how much information I could gain on account hacking and I instantly found an 18 minute video clip with step by step instructions on how to hack both usernames and passwords. On a social networking site such as Facebook, the ability to hack a users page could allow me access to their name, address, contact number, date of birth, images, private messages and much more. This highlights how easy it is for individuals to hack your personal information and how vitally important it is to have the maximum security settings, alongside limited personal information on social networking pages! 

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Sony fined over PlayStation hack

Sony fined over PlayStation hack | Social media privacy concerns | Scoop.it
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Here is a prime example of the dangers of holding personal information in online databases. In April 2011 the personal details of 77 million Sony customers were stolen as a result of a huge lack of resilience and security. Details such as names, addresses, dates of birth and payment details were at risk. 

Sony apologized profoundly for their error and offered free games to users, but many would argue that this is not enough. 

A great privacy concerned error on Sony's part...

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Facebook offers a peek at how it handles privacy, details a few changes

Facebook offers a peek at how it handles privacy, details a few changes | Social media privacy concerns | Scoop.it
According to the social networking giant, it conducts 80 trillion privacy checks daily on the backend to ensure user data is not compromised.
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Facebook is one of the largest social media giants online today. They have two specialist teams employed to ensure that the privacy settings of the networking page are as secure as possible. Facebook displays privacy settings and instructions on how to change the settings and use them optimally. However ultimately it still comes down to the user to ensure that they are keeping their personal details private and not sharing them across the internet. In October 2013 facebook made changes to allow users to share posts publicly, rather than just among friends, after receiving much feedback from users. I think this highlights that many users are naive to the dangers of social networking...

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Microsoft announces privacy changes in wake of blogger's email search

Microsoft announces privacy changes in wake of blogger's email search | Social media privacy concerns | Scoop.it
Civl rights advocates have complimented the company on the change to its customer service agreement
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Microsoft takes a step in the right direction here! 

After announcing that they had hacked a users emails and instant messaging it was no wonder that many users voiced their discontent with Microsoft's actions. 

However Microsoft have now made changes to their privacy policy which states that in the event of suspicious activity they will refer the matter to law enforcement. 

Being respectful of users privacy is important and I say well done Microsoft for dealing so well with the situation!

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