Withsuch increases in everyday use of new technologies, will also come evolvingdaily trends and issues. There are a variety of problems and security loopholesthat can be encountered when dealing with such a broad network of concepts thatis changing so quickly every single year. Many people do not think about theramifications of everyday things like public networking, and often believe itis more private and secure than not. When it comes to public networking, it can be quite easyto post all sorts of personal information on a personal public profile, justfor the purpose of being able to connect more efficiently with others but oftentimes this can come with a plethora of consequences, compromised personalsecurity, as well as leaving oneself open for hacking.
The most successful method of hacking social mediaprofiles has been “phishing” which has empowered almost anyone to be able tohack into an account in just a few minutes time. Phishing is the practice ofsending emails from what looks like a reputable company to induce people tomake their personal information available to the hacker. This is not limited tosites like facebook, it could be any account, or even personal identifications,addresses, credit card numbers, etc. With such a wide spectrum of people on social media,everyone using it must remain more vigilant when surfing and accessing theWorld Wide Web.
Phishing is just one of many ways the sanctity of socialnetworking can be compromised. Stalking or personal information gathering has also beenshown to be a major security issue with social media accounts or networks. Thepopular social network of “Snapchat” first showed up as a simple way of sendingfriends quick pictures. Now, it has just released a new feature called “SnapMaps” which allows users to actually find out the real time location of otherpeople who use the app. Speakingof personal information gathering, children or teens, college students, theelderly, and business owners remain as some of the vulnerable groups of peoplewhen it comes to compromising important information about themselves. Thesegroups of people have always wanted to connect with their peers on a personallevel when it comes to profiling themselves. Now, with the evolution of socialmedia, they are left prone to leaving more information about themselves thannecessary, all to connect with their peers because they want to tell othersabout their life.
There have been numerous issues amounted from this, not onlyfor the young people, but also their caregivers or parents who end up becomingaffected by their innocent choices.Elderlynetworking has also evolved substantially over the years. Today over 4 in 10seniors 65 and older use smartphones while 67% use the internet…
This is a55% increase in just less than two decades (Pew 2017). According to thesestatistical trends, one may draw the conclusion that the elderly are not usedto the advanced social networking since such an abrupt increase has occurredover the years. This means they can be more susceptible to scams and Althoughthere are a lot of negatives that will always come with the evolution of thingslike social networking, we must not forget the positives of new technology thatwill always help us network more efficiently by any means available nowadaysfrom connecting with one another to enhancing a platform for work or business. Ofthese interesting new networking applications is called TravelAi. It is asystem that gathers people’s travel information from their smartphones andhelps businesses identify trending modes of transport. Peter Lindgren,TravelAi’s chief operating officer, said “We have developed software that runsin the background on mobile phones to detect the mode of transport that someoneis using and their route, without requiring any interaction from them.”(Huselyn 2017). This is just one type of example of the phenomena of newbreakthroughs in technology when it comes to the evolution of socialnetworking.
Speakingabout transportation, unmanned aircraft has recently been used to attack aRussian air base. According to Radio Free Europe, 13 armed drones were used onJanuary 8 to launch an unprecedented attack in the country of Syria, where theRussians Defence Ministry confirmed that there were luckily no casualties(2018). This puts into perspective, had this one differently, the extent ofdamage that unmanned technologies can bring to the world. Ultimately,the quickly changing nature of technology will always continue to bring forthmany challenges as well as amazing breakthroughs with regards to the way we allconnect with our daily practices. With these advancements, the people usingthem will also have to come up with new ways of dealing with possible securitythreats and flaws to protect the sanctity of users at home and abroad. This both the beauty and challenge that thefree market brings to an ever-changing society that leaves itself vulnerable todifferent types of security breaches on a daily basis.