SOCIAL MEDIA: Amnesia apps, chatrooms, and online dating
Amnesia apps such as Snapchat is another example of a popular trend hitting the social media market. This is a response to the growing precautions of photo sharing and its permanency online. Although it is marketed as an app that will delete the content after a set amount of seconds, users must remember that once information is shared online, there are always traces of it left behind. There is also nothing to prevent the viewer on the other side to screenshot the photo and have unlimited access to it.
Chatrooms such as MSNMessenger or ICQ are now a thing of the past, but forms of it exist on other platforms. Examples such as Facebook and Instagram have built in chatrooms for you to start private messages with friends or people you have just met. Security issues start to arise when you can never be 100% sure of who is sitting on the other end of the conversation. Even when they appear to be friendly or someone you may know, personal information should never be shared online.
Apps such as Tinder also have questionable security issues. The age restriction for the dating site is only 13 years old and older. It is an app marketed as a way of meeting new people in your area after making a “connection” then participating in a private chatroom. An expected outcome after a few exchanges is to meet somewhere in person which can impose alarming issues especially within a crowd of young adults. It has also recently been reported that Tinder collects information on its users through Facebook without their knowledge. This opens up more opportunities for motivated predators to stalk users.
Here are some tips:
- keep a level of anonymity on your profiles
- utilize and update your privacy settings to ensure strangers do not have access to your photos, updates and location
- make your social media content private to the general public
- use tools such as AVG Privacy Fix to manage your online privacy all in one place – get notified when there are changes in privacy policies or data breaches occur.
Kotenko, Jam. “There Might Be More Security Issues with Tinder than You Thought.” Digital Trends. N.p., 26 July 2013. Web. 3 Apr. 2014. http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/warning-online-daters-dating-app-tinder-isnt-safe-after-all/#!DRG3y