April 1, 2013
User Privacy Meets Common Sense
Though Security software is available, it is often by expensive subscription. Some software security companies are scaring users into purchasing software that may or may not solve their privacy issues. “A Californian man has filed a lawsuit against Symantec, claiming that its software uses scare tactics to scam consumers out of money -- the exact same tactics that fake antivirus malware uses to scam unwitting computer users out of millions of dollars every year.” (Sebastian, A., 2012) This lawsuit shows that users cannot always trust the very product that is meant to protect them. Individual users must keep a diligent watch over their own personal information, and even be careful which software they choose to help them with the task of said diligence.
The research finds that users do not always utilize the privacy settings that the social network site may offer. This serves as a disadvantage to the SN user, it is up to the user to find out about these settings and set them in a way to maintain however much privacy they can. “Some don't use privacy controls. Almost 13 million users said they had never set, or didn’t know about, Facebook’s privacy tools. And 28 percent shared all, or almost all, of their wall posts with an audience wider than just...