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Collage students 27% more likely to get identity stolen online!!!
October 27, 2009, 6:08 am
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , ,

Lockergnome.com believes that collage students are 27% more likely to get their identity stolen trough online social networking sites. With the increased use of global media more and more people are facing issues of identity theft, what if this happened to you? What if a hacker stole your name and used it for their own ammusment? These are just some questions I have been thinking about latley whilst researching this topic. Society dosn’t believe this will ever happen to them thats its just another technological worry…. But what if???

http://www.lockergnome.com/kentlewis/2008/11/29/how-social-media-networks-facilitate-identity-theft-and-online-fraud/



Flickr
October 27, 2009, 3:16 am
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I haven’t really looked at flickr much in terms of the way it functions as a social network in itself. As far as sharing images goes, flickr seems like the place that more serious photographers and image makers go. This is probably due to issues of ownership that arise with sharing images on facebook. Although a few people I know share paintings, drawings and their own professional photography on facebook, most of the images I come across are more personal amateur pieces. Flickr provides a completely image based community, but further than that, it assures users that content will remain theirs after it is uploaded. Flickr has its own commons and supports creative commons by allowing searches of creative commons licensed content.

Flickr demonstrates complex layers of categorisation. Images can be tagged and can be added to groups, sets, galleries or favorites. You can add notes or comments. You can join groups and add contacts. Flickr offers a folksonomy which is even more subjective and variable, because it offers many way in which an image can be labeled. Not only do you make a subjective decision in deciding what tags to use, but you make subjective decisions in how images are grouped and so, in how they are seen. Many of the images on flickr are just as everyday or just as insignificant to traditional modes of history as those on facebook. However, flickr shows a different way of aggregating material, which focuses possibly even less on who, where, when and much more specifically on what. On flickr communities can document their activities, aggregating information, which may be valuable to future members of these communities. Although the personal histories of flickr users may not have value to greater society at present, there is no way of knowing what value they may have in future.

image from h.koppdelaney on flickr



Social Networking Risks: How safe are you??
October 14, 2009, 3:50 am
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Image from Don Hankins on flickr

“Last month, officials from the government gave out a general warning that criminals might be taking a keen interest in what you leave behind in social networking sites. They were pointedly referring to the unbridled popularity of social networking and to the dangers social networking might expose users to”.

“Criminals, they warn, might be looking to test the territory of social websites to enact crimes like pedophilia and phishing scams. The danger of identity theft in social networks was particularly highlighted as swindlers can use bits and pieces of information posted online by users to steal their identity. The warning should bring the spotlight on the loopholes in social networking security and how users can avert dangers arising out of them”.

Fraud and scam news – http://www.419legal.org/blog/2008/04/09/social-networking-risks-how-safe-are-you-with-revealing-personal-information-in-social-networking-sites/

After much research into this topic I myself am feeling unsure about my safety in regards to identity theft. This particular issue has grown much more over the past year and many believe it is going to get much worse. Face book seems to most users a way to keep in touch with friends, share images and up date your every day activities but what many users don’t think about is their personal safety when using social networking sites like face book.



Perceptions of privacy and ownership
October 7, 2009, 4:26 am
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Andrew Besmer’s article, Privacy Perceptions of Photo Sharing in Facebook, discusses concerns facebook users have with photosharing. Primarily these concerns related to privacy and ownership. Participants in the study were less concerned with strangers acessing unflattering pictures of them, than they were with certain members of their established network. For instance, people were more scared of family members finding picture of them drunk. Besmer suggests that people are more concerned with identity shaping than in personal security. The issue of ownership was widely acknowledged by participants. However, the perception was that either the person who posted the photograph was either the owner or the co-owner. In reality facebook currently claims ownership over IP material insofar as facebook is able to use uploaded material for any purpose they deem fit. “You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.” Web2.0 allows more equal access to publishing, but it also causes great conflict over ownership and use of content. What this study shows is that many people are not entirely aware what they have agreed to when they sign up for a facebook account.