Social media appears to be the favorite time pass of most of the people on the Internet but it has raised privacy concerns too. The basic question is that are you risking your privacy when you use social media? The simple answer is “YES.” But how? When you put something online then you know it is not in your hands to control it. The information will be stored somewhere on the servers and those servers can be hacked and your information can be used against you. The recent “Sony Playstation” incident is a clear example of that.
The worst thing is that not a lot of people are aware of the technology. The fascinating and fancy “share” and “like” icons appearing on every website and device these days tempt the people to speak and share with their networks. Think of a simple GPS device like Tom Tom which saves your over speeding information and hands it over to the authorities. The facial recognition through your social media profiles then leads you to trouble. Now you may be thinking of dumping your TomTom device and use your iPhone as a GPS device then you should know that iPhone unwillingly stores your personal information and it is easy to trace the person through iPhone as well.
The problem gets worse when it comes to social media websites like Facebook. When someone tags you in a picture without your permission, the information is shared on the Internet in an instant and if you Google your name, you will find all those unwanted pictures on Google associated with your name.
In a nutshell, when you use social media, you give up your right of privacy willingly. The young generation of today is not really concerned about the personal information and nobody can hold it back. But be careful about what you share online because anything related to you floating on the Internet may backfire sooner or later.