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Is Social Networking really as dangerous as its projected to be?

Given a choice, I would prefer sitting in front of a computer logged in to one of the popular social networking sites. I love reading what other people have to say about their parenting, culinary skills, some event in their life, what are they upto at the moment, etc.,

Of course, there is a possibility, we may be revealing a bit too much for someone's comfort or our discomfort. But is it such a huge risk that it could jeopardize our lives or cause huge mnetary losses from which we could never recover?

Your experiences/thoughts on this matter will be very helpful.

Thanks,

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  • Jan 19 2012: Hi Shashiraj,

    Social network is neither good nor evil. It is, however, poorly understood.

    Remember that social networking exists to collect as much information about you as possible so that your profile can be sold to advertisers to increase the sales of the advertiser's product. It is not an experiment, social tool or gift.

    The information isn't just what you put on Facebook. It's the sum total of all of those likes, pictures and friends. It's also the information you put in those websites that allow you to log in using your Facebookusername/password. Facebook shares its info with them and they in turn share what you do, buy or look at in those sites. Google is trying to do similar things with google+ and is trying to leverage that to include your google search history. It's a very powerful marketing tool.

    Many people have no problem with this, but I think that we'ed all freak out if our governments were collecting the same info. For me, it's enough to know that someone is drawing conclusions on my search for "Psychiatrist" without them also knowing that my daughter is studying to become a psychiatrist.

    You can minimize thisifit bothers you by using a few simple new hygiene rules. 1) Log out when you're done with FB or Google+. 2) Set your browser to delete cookies and history when it exits (in MSIE this is under the 'tools/interenet options' menus). And log out regularly. 3) Don't use FB or Google logins unless you're willing to consider those sites to be part of FB or Google. 4) And of course, never post anything that you wouldn't want to see on the company bulleting board.

    Best wishes,
    Doug Bell
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      Jan 19 2012: Thanks for the response, Doug. You have put your thoughts very well and have addressed the key question. You have addressed some additional questions too in your reply.

      Thanks once again for taking time off to reply to this message.

      Regards,
      Shashi

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