A Modern Life with Modern Technology

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A Modern Life with Modern Technology
Research Writing/COM220
July 4, 2010
Rowland Cadena

While modern technology has made life more accommodating with cell phones, computers and iPods, technology has also made it more convenient for hackers and other Internet predators. For people with family and friends that live far away, a web cam and the Internet makes it simple to keep in touch. E-mailing and other social networks available on the Internet also make it effortless to talk to someone halfway around the world. Banking, paying bills, shopping and even reading the newspaper can all be done online. “Distance learning” or attending school online offers someone an education, high school diploma, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the comfort of their own home. With all of these modern day conveniences there are downsides. Computer hackers can get your banking information, personal information such as social security number, date of birth or credit card information with a little effort and make anyone a victim of identity fraud. By getting personal information, they can make purchases online or at a store, maxing a credit card out. Also, the culprit can apply for more credit cards with your name, social security number and date of birth leaving you ultimately responsible for anything they have purchased. By the time you have figured out what happened it would be too late to try and catch the guilty party. Now that people are more informed about these crimes they are taking precautionary steps to keep this from happening.

(www.apple.com, 2010.) Twenty years ago, attending college online seems like something out of a futuristic movie, but it is possible today. More and more students enroll in online classes each year. Almost 3.5 million, or 20 percent, of all college students took one or more online courses during the 2006-2007 academic years -- an increase of almost 10 percent over the previous year, according to Sloan Consortium, a



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