The pervasive use of “social networking” may seem to be a tremendous convenience to those who want to tell others what they had for breakfast or who their favourite film star is (sad people) but to transmit any other information via these information collecting agencies is quite honestly, daft.
Society and in particular UK society has not just fallen into but rather dived headfirst into a ucket of Bovine Scatology by simply accepting they have nothing to hide so nothing to fear.
And anyway the server providers assure us that our data is perfectly safe.
Except of course it isn’t. Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, Infogram, Gmail, Pinterest, etc al, collect and sell on your data. It is the only way they can make the kind of money they do.
Because they are all American based their charges and profits are in US dollars, but it’s not that difficlt to translate them into other currencies.
The income however you read it is eyewatering.
Income from Personal Data sales for 2014 (I realise these figures are way out of date and are currently probaly at least double or treble).
Facebook $12.47 Billion
Twitter $1.4 Billion
Linked in $2.2 Billion
Of course they have billions of users so individually your personal data and search habits are probably worth less that $25.00 to them.
But is your personal data: Bank details, email address, date of birth etc. only worth $25.00 to you?
As well as the declared use of your data by the social network providers there is the “illegal hacker” to contend with.
(I write about the legal hacker – such as GCHQ or “greasy HQ” as it was known in Whitehall – in another article).
Whatsapp, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and many others, have been hacked.
In fact, worldwide it is estimated that on a daily basis 1,200,000 million accounts are being compromised.
Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Social Media Accounts have been hacked.
Social Media hacks can happen to everyone for several purposes:
Just For fun – Not much harm can happen besides a prank that can be embarrassing.
For forced shares – These types of hacks can be more harmful than you think.
For forced follows – This can involve your account being hacked as part of a wider plan to hack accounts and get them to follow a specific account.
For information – This can be your password itself so that they can steal it and use it to try and sign into accounts you have with banks and online retailers.
To all you social network users out there; best of luck.