Social Websites and Crimes
What is meant by the word 'Crime'?
An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. Illegal activities: "the victims of crime".
Social Ebsites and Crimes
Hacking can take several forms:
Accessing - entering a network, or a page, which is intended to be private Defacing – changing the content of another person’s Web site. Hijacking – redirecting elsewhere anyone trying to access a particular Web site Bombing – overwhelming a site with countless messages to slow down or even crash the server Denial of service – running a program which sends thousands of requests to a site simultaneously, frequently from more than one source, so that the relevant server slows down considerably or preferably (from the point of view of the hacker) crashes.
Viruses, in the broadest sense, come in three forms:
Virus: This is a code that attaches itself to a program in a computer and then reproduces itself. It can erase files or lock up a system. Worm: This is similar to a virus but does not attach itself to files or programs in a computer. This leaves it free to spread through a network on its own. Trojan horse: This is a program that performs malicious actions while pretending to do something else. It is similar to a virus but does not try to reproduce itself.
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Some precautionary measures that can be taken
It is inherent on the individual to use social networking constructively, and parents must be especially careful to monitor their children's use of social networking to minimize the potential for negative outcomes. Some tips:
1.Always use maximum privacy settings.
2.Be cautious about what you share on social networking sites.
3.Minimize the time you and your children spend social networking.
4.Monitor your children's social networking use and friend lists.
5.Make household rules about social networking and enforce them.
6.Educate your children about the potential hazards of social networking.
7.Do not allow strangers into your social networks.
8.Build online networks of people you also interact with face-to-face, and encourage your children to do the same.
Aspects of Social Websites
People As Products
According to e-Marketer, global social networking revenues will exceed $10 billion 2013. Most social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many others offer their services to members for free, yet still net significant income. In fact, according to Mashable Business, Facebook earned $1.6 billion in revenues in the first half of 2011, and was on pace to achieve more than $3 billion in revenues by year end.
If the services are free, then, how do social networking websites earn such staggering sums of money? The answer is that you, the social network user, is the product these online giants sell to generate revenue. According to BBC News, social networking sites are uniquely positioned to make money by matching people to products. Since you generate content on a social networking site that indicates your interests, social and work background, and a great deal of other information about your personal preferences, the social networking sites can target advertisements specifically to you, a service for which advertisers are willing to pay significant amounts of money.
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While many users feel their personal data is safe on social networking sites because they have set high levels of security settings,...
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