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The more we do online, the more data we leave behind. In the matter of privacy, many will go far beyond the norm to protect it. I don’t blame them, with the internet being one of the most common places information is stored hackers are able to gain information that is confidential. From our social security number to our home addresses and credit card numbers these are the things we try protecting whether it be by blocking pop ups or installing Norton’s anti-virus software, but the question still lies are we still safe? In the past decade, social media has been a concern for users; with MySpace, Twitter and Facebook becoming some of the most popular social networking sites available in the digital age, it is a growing concern still of how private these sites really are.

Although users share a wide range of information via Facebook: friends lists, photos, education and work history, religious and political views, relationship status as well as the who’s, what’s, whens, how’s, and whys of their lives. The most startling findings however, involve how much Facebook knows about its nearly 900 million members, and how much we freely offer, information mined by employers, insurers, the IRS, divorce lawyers, as well as identity thieves and other criminals. For much of Facebook's history, this information was under the control of the user, and others could only view the information if the user permitted it. However, in 2009 Facebook introduced a new policy that required the user to share certain information that if shared it would only be made public. In an outrage by the Facebook users, they were made to change these settings so that the user again had the control to change their profile back to a private setting.

Being thoughtful about your post on Facebook is the best way to be cautious. Never knowing who could be watching your page. In previous years, employers where able to look into your Facebook account and determine whether you were eligible for...
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