Risks: Hacking, Identity Theft and Burglary that are associated with students (aged 18-24) in sharing personal data through Social Media Applications.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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As social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are becoming more popular, so does the increase in users. With more individuals joining these sites, the associated risks will rise. This study will research the possible risks; hacking, identity theft and burglary that can occur from using these sites, but also examines the student’s awareness of these and investigating views on which social media they think is the least secure. To get a better understanding of this, the exploration will firstly discover the relevant literature that will be reviewed. It will be in relation to this study, focussing on the use of social media, the advantages, the risks; hacking, identity theft and burglary along with other discussed risks and a brief explanation on the improving the security on social media. This will then follow onto the methodology chapter, where it details the primary research that has been undertaken which are: questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. These will then be analysed and results will be detailed in chapter four. After this will then follow onto chapter five, the discussion, this is where any correlations will be made between primary research and the secondary research. The overall findings suggests that although students are frequent users of social media, with all having an account, they also agree that hacking, identity theft and burglary can be caused from sharing personal data on these networking sites and they are also aware of the these risks and other dangers. However, in contrast to these results, the majority have never changed their passwords on their accounts and the majority have changed their privacy settings, which links well with the majority stating that Facebook is the least secure social media site, implying and confirming that this site displays the most personal information.
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