You will prepare and submit a term paper on Outlines about the controversy of showing personal information in social networking sites. Your paper should be a minimum of 500 words in length.

You will prepare and submit a term paper on Outlines about the controversy of showing personal information in social networking sites. Your paper should be a minimum of 500 words in length. Teacher Controversy of showing personal information in social networking sites/media I. Introduction: The social media A. The different kinds of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)

B. The advantages and disadvantage benefits of social media

C. Thesis: Social media has many benefits but it also has dangerous consequences when one get careless. Authorities have cautioned us that hackers prey into our private lives and hack into our financial accounts by using our personal information. These personal information are typically procured through the social media where hackers use it gain access into our personal and financial records either to bother us, steal from us or assume our identity.

II. Dangers of showing personal information in social media

a. Makes the person generally vulnerable to intrusion to online and physical intrusion.

b. Inadvertently provide prospective hackers with information to hack into our personal accounts that includes our financial accounts.

c. Easily victimized by identity theft.

d. Can become a target of theft.

III. How can unwelcome intrusion or hacking be avoided?

a. Do not share personal information such as passport number, mother’s maiden name, address, passport number, car plate number and similar information.

b. Limit post to general information and fun. Do not provide too much information in any activities.

c. Do not add or approve friend requests from people we do not know.

d. Delete people in one’s friend’s list that has shadowy character.

e. Do not show off money or wealth that will make one an easy target for thieves both online and offline.

f. Do not provide locations especially home address.

IV. Controversy: Many people still disagree on the idea that a seemingly harmless activity such as social networking poses danger to our well-being and financial health that has economic, legal as well as personal consequences. Their common arguments are:

a. It is online and no physical contact.

b. Username and passwords were not given.

c. There are a lot of people doing it.

d. “So what if people will know a lot about me?”

Rebuttal

a. Hackers does not have to rob a person in his or her home but can do it online by accessing one’s financial bank record and make illegal withdrawal or transfer from there.

b. Information such as mother’s maiden name, date of birth, place of birth are hints to a password. Password can be had by providing these information.

c. The person who provides the more personal information are the most vulnerable.

d. It makes one vulnerable to identity theft which is becoming more and more rampant in the United States.

V. Conclusion

With or without social media, it is not wise to share personal information to people especially to those we do not know. Moreso with the advent of digital technology where transactions can be done online with a mere username and passwords. Being careless online particularly social media has economic and legal consequences where our personal information can be used to peer into our personal lives, steal money from us or use our identity for illegal means.

In short, one should not reveal and share personal information online especially in social media.