What information are you sharing when you use social networks?
By sharing this information online you may be providing enough information to allow advertisers to track you or hackers to take advantage of your online identity -- so it’s crucially important to be aware of what information is given up and be conscious of what choices you can make to protect your privacy.3.
How may your social networking information be used and shared?
Remember that it is difficult to control what information they are gathering, how they might use it, and who they will share it with.
Government and law enforcement access Law enforcement and government officials can monitor social networks for valuable information.
Six out of ten internet users ages 50-64 are social networking site users, as are 43% of those ages 65 and older.
Although online seniors are less likely than other age groups to use social networking sites, adoption rates for those 65 and older have tripled in the last four years (from 13% in the spring of 2009 to 43% now).
Today, social networking site use is a major activity for internet users from a wide range of demographic groups.
Younger adults are especially avid adopters, but social networking continues to grow in popularity for older adults as well.
Social networks come in many shapes and sizes, most sharing similar features but designed to offer a different kind of service (and, of course, some social networks may change focus and features over time).
Generally, the type of information that you can share on a social network includes: Predictably, all of this sharing reveals information about you, including meta-data and contextual information you may not even be aware of.
The percentage of internet users who are on Twitter has more than doubled since November 2010, currently standing at 18%.