This post comes to you as a final warning, I am serious people, I will not talk about this subject again: Social media and social networking are fun but their dangers are greater than many of us expect or can even imagine!
Apart from their addictive nature, the hundreds of scams they facilitate, the way they make cheating easier and the fact that they have the power to promote and spread fascism, they also pose an eminent threat on our lives by making it easier for killers, thieves and perverts to stalk and even, may God forbid, get to us!
The TV Series “Criminal Minds” Brilliantly Tackles It:
Thousands of users out there chose to shut down their social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and even MySpace due to crimes committed by utilizing such sites. However, not everyone is taking the subject as seriously as they should be!
A couple of examples include
- “A couple who left a Facebook status update that they were attending a concern for the evening. They came back to find they’d been robbed“.
- “Police say that an Australian woman who was murdered had been lured via Facebook and Bebo“. Associated Content
Since words are not enough, below are a few videos that can help social media and social networking users realize how the little things they do online and the information they share can actually cost them their lives:
Criminal Minds show how a killer was able to find his victims through social networking sites, specifically Facebook and Twitter, but also references geo-location social networks like FourSquare.
While the details of the episode are fiction, the episode brings up valid points about the information that we share online, and feels real enough to make you check your privacy settings following the show.
Here are some sentences I picked up from the cast’s chat, please try to take them seriously:
“Social networking sites are surprisingly insecure”
“Many people are obsessed with those social websites”
“Social websites are like e-mails on crack“!
Some tips for you to help you protect your privacy:
And some more as our way to show you that we want you to be safe…
Finally, I wonder: Do you realize the dangers that social media and social networking impose? Are you taking the necessary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Looking forward to your insights and a few real-life stories to help our readers realize the dangers they might be ignoring or unaware of.