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The Pros and Cons of Social Media

            Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and many other social networking websites have grown in popularity in recent years. Recent events involving child predators and other dangerous individuals using these sites have raised concerns about safety. Some view social networking websites with suspicion because they have limited understanding of what these sites really are or how they work. Used responsibly, social networking sites do not pose a danger or threat to anyone. Social networking has moved far from just meeting people and staying in touch with friends or family. It has brought down and changed governments, it has changed the way some companies does business. This paper will explore some why I believe social networking is a viable tool for society. .
             Facebook monitors how third parties use your personal data, however, they also state they cannot guarantee "that third parties will follow Facebook's privacy policy) ergo, if you don't want your privacy violated, then you probably want to reconsider joining Facebook or other social networks. The definition of "privacy " is subjective, however, things like personal information such as name, living and working locations, job, career, education, income, relationship status, contact information, and bank information should be safeguarded at all costs to prevent things like stalking, identity theft, fraud, and other attempts to undermine a person's life. .
             While the threat of hacking and online theft programs is very prevalent, there are measures out there that can be used to benefit us and help keep our information private.¬†For example, while the intended consequences of Facebook and online banking are to make our lives easier and more convenient, the unintended consequences are of course the ever evolving ability of computer hackers to steal our privacy information. However, Facebook is jumping on the bandwagon for fear of lawsuits, and is quickly installing a HTTPS to enable its users to connect to social networking with secure and encrypted features.

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