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. .
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.