Negative Effects of Social Networking

835 Words Jun 16th, 2018 4 Pages
Social networking has become a means of communication in the present world and has become an important part of one’s life. Social networking is no longer in its infancy stage. The emergence of social networking continues to offer customers with a variety of options and meaningful ways through which they can engage people and events. Besides this, the social networking sites are creating some potential harm to the society. Students are becoming the main victims of social networking. The negative effects of social networking include cyber bullying and security issues. Several techniques must be practiced to protect students from these dangers.
Social networking is the biggest industry in the current world. Popularity of social networking
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The bullies are mainly teens, and there are many reasons for it such as anonymity, ignorance of the consequences or social pressure. They also think that bullying helps them to stay popular, hurting others make them feel powerful, helps them cope with their own self-esteem or they think it will help them fit in with their peers.
Social networking sites are used to maintain contacts, but many attackers see them as a prime target for spreading malware. These malware saves the important bank account credentials of different users and these account details are misuse by cyber criminals. The networking sites such as Facebook is used by many of the hackers. In 2010, there was a post which promoted the users to click on a link titled “Most Hilarious Video Ever”. When the user clicks on the link, a fake Facebook page is opened which requests credentials and once entered these are captured and used by attackers (Labushagne, Veerasamy, 2013). For attacking the websites, the cyber criminals locate vulnerabilities which are not properly fixed ad protected, and infect its database. Some attackers take advantage of the trust exhibited by the users when visiting the networking sites or harm through the use of fake identities. Besides these many attackers take advantage of webmasters who neglect the basic security regulations and an attack on a single account will