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The Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking Sites

Updated on August 31, 2013

Thanks to the evolution of social networking sites, we found a good way to start and rekindle friendships, connect with old buds, meet new friends and find people with similar interests like you.

Facebook, is definitely the number one social networking site with billion of subscribers. This social network greatly influenced our lives making it easier to find or connect and be updated on someone else's life.

Writers and bloggers might consider this as their best friends because the number one source for their most-loved "traffic" for their blogs.

"Poking" on the other hand might gesture an invisible handshake and a very short way to say "Hey, I miss you or how are you?”.

After some time of divulging myself to these social sites, I found a lot of benefits especially on promoting my work as well as keeping track with the latest news on your circle.

I've listed here below the great things you can get with these sites, especially Facebook.


BENEFITS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

One benefit is Friendships. This is the haven of "lost and found" friends, rekindling your relationship again after some time you lost track with each other. You can meet people who shares similar interests or goals to you or sometime, people with exact character like you which you sometimes you believe people like them do not exists.

Some people found their perfect love life through these sites while other people start as friends and fall in love along the way with constant communication. You get to know what's happening with your relatives, friends and other people through their shouts and posts, pictures and shared events.

This is your chance to create something a positive image on your profile - whatever you want people to see in you by putting your best qualities that you want them to know.

Plus the fact that it can boost the traffic to your websites and blogs thus is helping you to earn more money. It offers paid advertisement to further advertise and promote your business and pages or you can create your own page may it be a fan page or business page to let people know what's going on or what are your interests.

But there are also risks that you have to take whenever you post or upload photos of yourself on the site.

Once information is uploaded, it is no longer considered private and the more you post, the more vulnerable you become to people who may want to target you. Don't just rely on the privacy settings because in on time or another, it may leak your information.

We cannot deny the fact that there are crimes, theft and murders done on the social networking sites alone, not to mention news about parties gone wrong because of uninvited guests.

There are thousands of internet-savvy hackers who can exploit your personal connections through social networks. They try to trick and manipulate people and scammed them because of their identity being leaked online.

Some people posts photos of their children, still even on their diapers, what's inside their house for all to see. They love to shout where they are, what they're doing and who are they with.

Even if you think there's no harm in updating your status, you do not know other invisible people who might be interested to harm your life. There are these risks that you do not know in the first place; you think that a harmless post will have no impact to someone but there are cases that it is the start of some major issues.

We've seen a lot of news that people especially teens engaged on some issues that leads to serious and legal advises. Some people lost their jobs, the respect of their friends and families because of a simple mistake of uploading photos or tagging themselves on other's posts.

Why? Just because they post a photo or something that other people become offended. Internet is not a safe haven especially social network sites to vent out or let the world know what's inside your closet.

Since you can also get a lot of benefits using these sites, might as well maximize your privacy potential to hackers and to people who might be lurking around, stalking your every move.

You can still enjoy these benefits without having to worry about other things if you keep in mind few strict rules and preventive measures from being their vulnerable target.


PREVENTIVE MEASURES: How to Stay Safe

  • Limit your posts on personal and private information you share and keep track of others discussions and uploads about you. Do not post as well the embarrassing things that you would later regret.
  • Do not store any information that you want to keep private and you want to protect on a device that connects to the internet because it might leak the info online.
  • Anti-virus and firewall must be updated to prevent malicious software from entering the system.
  • Use unique password combinations and change them periodically. Do not use same passwords for more than one system or account.
  • Always verify the identity of people you correspond with - there are a lot of fake identity, mostly stolen data of a person you know.
  • Disable the GPS (Global Disposition System) on your digital cameras and phone so your location won’t be encoded when you post photos online.
  • Free downloadable software’s might come with a malware so choose only trusted software to install.
  • Always monitor your bank accounts, statements and balances.
  • Do not share confidential information online like credit cards, bank accounts, social security numbers, clearances, salaries, travel plans and other schedules.
  • Be aware of people and unsolicited contacts who ask for your personal data.

As most things in life, if there are benefits and possibilities, there are also risks that go with it. Remember everything is possible online; you can even have a twin in there.

Just use social network site to promote and share ideas. Always be on guard of your personal and private life because you can’t hide on the hazards in the game of online world.


© 2013 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      An excellent hub and one which many will benefit from I am sure.

      Eddy.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for reading Marina. i agree, prayer group can also help others. i have an FB account and all people do is poke.. :)

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      Marina G Corbin 

      5 years ago

      I have a prayer group on Facebook and I see that as very advantageous to pray with my family and friends there.

      I do love what you have to say about the benefits and disadvantages about social sites. Thankfully I never poke people and I never do get poked.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you are very right Vinaya. I hate it too when people are cluttering my feed with nonsense things. social media is at its best when we're sharing wonderful infos.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      I love social media because I can connect with wonderful people around the world.

      I hate social media because most of the people just want an audience and don't care to listen. I hate people cluttering my feed.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi, Denise. Thank you so much for the support.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent points here to take into consideration each and every time we use that social networking. My nephew's senior project is about internet safety. I'll be sure to steer him here to review this hub. Thanks, very useful. Rated up/U/I and will share.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Love. couldnt agree more!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Dianna..yeah.hackers are everywhere and they're really great on these hacking thing!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Ish, esp for the read and votes!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Marina.. I opened your account but seems there's no article/hub on it...

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi paula. thanks for stopping by. ..i just got on fb too but just to prmote my hubs and play games :) thanks sooo much!

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Excellent hub on the pros and cons of social networking sites. Good preventative measures to stay safe online. You're right! Some people use these sites to vent out their dirty laundry. I've seen this here as well. Voting up useful and awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Great information on how to keep your privacy on social media. It almost seems impossible these days to so do with all the hackers. I try to use mine only for posting hubs and minor shares on basic topics. Thanks for the tips. Voted und shared.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A detailed hub about the pros and cons of social networking sites. All of us have to be prudent when it comes to posting personal information. Your list of preventive measures come in handy for several users. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      Marina 

      5 years ago from Clarksville TN

      Thank you for pointing out these dangers Unknown Spy!! I will keep this guide handy so I can always know what to avoid, etc.

      Also make sure to check out my poem about Garbage piles and give me a comment on that. Thank you Unknown Spy!!

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Although I'm aware there are positive aspects to social networks, I am also very aware of the dangers and negative issues. HP is the closest I've come to being on anything remotely related to a social network.

      I simply have no desire nor need to be a Facebooker....nor join any of the others. I know this makes me one of the odd minority, but, that's just fine with me.

      Truth is, I haven't the time to devote to any of it, anyway. I opened a "twitter" account, simply so I could tweet my hubs to Linda, for her "Sunshine Times" newspaper.......I don't use it otherwise.

      Thanks for this great hub, spy. You always do a wonderful job!...UP+++

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Deb, Tom, Jo, Seeker, Nancy, Acaetna, Moonlake, KJForce, Alicia, Mhatter

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about social network site..although it has a lot of benefits, one must be aware of the risk he or she would take :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      You are quite right. Now if you want to get really nervous check out the "flame" spyware.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the great reminder about Internet safety, unknown spy. Social networking sites can be fun and useful, but they definitely have drawbacks!

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      kjforce 

      5 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy.....Thank you for the heads up..problem being most of the people who commit all the " fauz pas " you mentioned won't get to read this, which is too bad..

      In this day and age, due to SO many changes in the world regarding society we must take responsibility for ourselves and our thoughts,action,decisions and choices..otherwise a VICTIM we become...that's what cool about HP and writing sites, we all have something in common " writing"....and can use several various pseudonyms..as do I...Great info article..thanks for sharing..voted up

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Great information. I hate it when people put my picture on facebook I don't even do it myself. Some people just don't care. Voted up and more.

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      acaetnna 

      5 years ago from Guildford

      This is fantastic information, thank you. Voting up and pressing your buttons too.

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      But Facebook and Twitter are great for promoting hubs. I see what you are saying by limiting the information about yourself.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Excellent hub with great information. When we're on these site we can get carried away and forget that although beneficial, there are many dangers!

      Voted up + shared

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Unknown, a great write, the internet is indeed a double-edged sword with consequences. Like most things in life, it can be used for good or for ill, so we must learn to play safe out there. Great tips.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hub and all awesome and useful information to keep us and our information safe on the Internet . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right, Mycee. With all benefits also come inherent dangers.

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