Why We Should Be Careful With Our Internet Identity
The Internet as a whole has changed the way the world works, in turn changing the way security works. With the Internet, world communications is at most of America’s finger tips. These security changes directly affect most of America. The main area I wish to look at is social media, the mainstream center of America. Social Media is currently so common that some children ask for social media accounts for Christmas! Facebook having grown to over 1 billion users early this year, twitter growing to 218 million, and even newer sites like Pinterest reaching 70 million users in mid-2013. This is clearly a popular trend that is not going away. With so many users these social media sites will quickly become attack vectors for black hat hackers, if they haven’t become vectors already.
According to an article from HR Focus, with social media sites, the risk of attack increases with the total number of users that site receives. Social media has risen to be the greatest threats against protecting proprietary and confidential information. (HR Focus) Social media sites have grown to allow custom applications to be built and run within the site itself. This is especially true with sites like Facebook, hosting many games built by other users. These games usually access your personal information to give you profiles, which keep track of your stats or village or whatever the game is geared for. But what if someone made an application for the sole purpose of taking your information? Users don’t think about such things happening on Facebook. There is an assumed trust on Facebook that they will not take your information, which is why social media is such a huge attack vector for black hat hackers.
However, there are other risks associated with social media. You are liable for what you say and do on the Internet. This shouldn’t be a new concept, but it is to some people. Your online identity is a reflection of you and you are just as much liable for what happens online as what happens in real life. If you say something inappropriate on social media, not only does that reflect badly on who you are, but it can also reflect on your place of work and anyone associated. The assumption that what happens on the Internet stays on the Internet is no longer true.
As our culture develops around the powerful platform which is the Internet, we become more integrated with it. It becomes part...