The Internet: How Private is Your Privacy?

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The Internet: How Private is Your Privacy? Would you go up to a random stranger and hand them all of your personal information: home address, social security number, credit card number, etc…? This is exactly what people do every single day when they are on the internet signing up for online banking, social networks, and even online shopping. According to Internet World Stats, approximately 239,893,600 people in the United States alone account as internet users by 2010 (United States). Consequently, the Internet has infiltrated the lives of so many and has become the main source of dependency to get things accomplished. But as time goes on, and technology becomes more advanced, people are starting to see that their private information may…show more content…
Even if there are encryptions and copyrights on certain things, with technological advances, someone can find a way around those. This study provides a list of things students should be aware of: (1) What are the costs and benefits of posting the information? This involves evaluating the content of the post and determining whether it can be considered inappropriate or offensive. The costs may include the questioning of the individuals’ character and professional capabilities. The benefits may include posts that enhance the individual’s public identity as moral and hard-working. (2) Is there a high probability that classmates, faculty members, or clients will be significantly and negatively affected? During the evaluation process of the post, it is extremely important for the individual to determine whether or not the post may offend someone as stated before, or even jeopardize someone else’s future. This could include posting nudes, videos, or even hate comments spilling all of their secrets. (3) How will the disclosure affect my relationship with my classmates, advisor, and clients? The study provided three cases in which private information on the Internet could affect the individual relationships. Posting unbecoming content on social networking websites could compromise the validity of the identity portrayed by the individual when they are around. This compromise could lead to distrust. This same result of compromising identity is also involved in

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