By Molly Merson
Technological advancements are being made every day. With great advancements, come great risks. Not too often do users read the privacy policies of the apps they are using, and it’s posing a great danger to user privacy.
Having your account hacked is one thing, but exposed credit card information is another. It’s crucial to read between the lines when it comes to allowing apps to access our information.
The first step to having control over private information is to set passwords. Keeping an effective password for each account keeps information hidden from others. That gives users a better feeling of security regarding their personal information. Devices also offer password locks in order to access them, and lock themselves if the incorrect password is attempted several times.
When it comes to social media, however, matters are not as simple. “It all comes down to the end user,” K-12 Educational Technology Coach, Mrs. Samantha Smith said. “You have to make sure that whatever information you give them, you’re okay with.”
Whether it’s a street address or a phone number, users should make sure they are willing to give out this information to any possible viewers before doing so. The number of people that can access this information is often unthought of when creating a personal profile.
Social media apps often request the location of the user when they are making a post, which automatically enables viewers know where they are. This can be dangerous for the user, because now any and every viewer can see where they are located. It is easier to unknowingly reveal where you are than many think.
More often than not, colleges and potential employers view the social media of candidates to “get to know their employee.” This gives them an insight on who they are hiring or accepting into their establishment, and the kind of online shadow they own. Users should be cautious of what is posted, in the case that their online activity could prevent them from their future goals.
It’s crucial to be responsible and safe with technology and personal privacy. The field of technology is constantly expanding and growing in this decade. As technology expands, precaution should as well.
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