Congratulations! Now that you have completed your thesis or creative project, you are required to write a 500 words BLOG of your paper.
Below is the requirement for the blog:
1. Aim for a max of 500 words. It’s OK to go over this amount, but keep it concise and to the point.
2. Write in short, declarative paragraphs. Do not use APA style and avoid being overly formal in the narrative.
3. Keep the tone of the piece conversational and write to the general public, or a prospective student who may be new to higher education. Personalize the discussion. If you’re an expert in this area, write in first person narrative and be specific in your examples.
4. Language should be compelling, with a tone of authority and academia. Cite any reference works, and make sure the content is universally understandable. If you’re using statistics, format them into bulleted lists in order to break up the content.
5. Focus on timely subjects. It’s more compelling to readers if you discuss topical issues related to your program such as technical innovations, controversial issues, or new career paths. This helps to convey our focus on providing relevant, forward thinking education.
Privacy in the Age of Social Media
Social media pertains to any digital tool that lets users create and share content online through virtual networks. Some of the common types of social media are social networks and media sharing networks (Foreman, 2017). Social networks comprise Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, whereas media sharing networks comprise Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. These different categories of social media are thus helpful to users. It helps them identify the proper and more suitable channels to use while looking up for their right target audience.
However, as social media has its advantages, its use also exposes users to considerable challenges, mainly on their privacy. Social media users are often vulnerable to various entities such as service providers and third-party sites who can easily access their data and violate their privacy. Despite an individual user being solely responsible for protecting his privacy, the lack of exposure to information and awareness of protection mechanisms is a significant issue. Social media sites usually have privacy policies and general privacy settings, which provide users with information on how their data will be collected, stored, and shared. Most users tend not to go through these terms and conditions as they may be lengthy and require much time to read. The legal language used may also be challenging to grasp, forcing most users to accept the given privacy policies blindly.
Most users share private information such as gender, age, images, location, and addresses. This kind of information puts individuals’ privacy at risk as they are entirely unaware of who might be accessible to such content. Such knowledge, which is open to the general public, may even be exploited for financial benefits by online attackers, consequently causing financial losses and emotional distress.
Some of the social media sites found to violate user privacy include;
Instagram’s issues in privacy were also noted in 2015. Their security flaws were evident when videos and images that were previously public then made private by a user could easily be seen by anyone who had a link to that given content.
Users can, however, enhance their privacy on social networks and prevent the sharing of information without their consent. Restrictions on privacy can be made through;
- Implementation of privacy settings to restrict the kind of content other people can view or access on their profiles.
- Adopting a virtual private network that protects information about their location and identity against service providers. This protects them from service providers who can gather details on their browsing history, location, and even connection.
iii. Researching any social networks before agreeing to their privacy policies and signing up for an account.
Foreman, C. (2017).10 Types of Social Media and How Each Can Benefit Your Business, Hootsuite. Retrieved from >https://blog.hootsuite.com/types-of-social-media/. <