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First
and foremost, the effect of social media on youth is users lack of privacy. On
this modern era of technology, people, especially the youth, are often too
expose and usually published their personal information when online. Most of
them don’t read privacy policies and may be unknowing that their information
may be used by third parties, like advertisers and insurance companies. (Nick McGillivray, 2015) Most of the social media sites have information that is required,
like date of birth, email address and phone number. Posting personal
information leaves them open to security attacks such as hacking, identity
theft, phishing scams, and viruses. These are common in online world. Statistic
shows that, 68% of users share their real birth date, 18% share their phone
number: This might lead to exposing users’ personal information to criminal
such as identity theft. (Alexandra Topping, 2012) Identity theft tends to collect their victim’s personal information
that contain on the social media. From that way, they will hack their victims’
email accounts and log in. For instance, one of the most common techniques used
by identity theft, is clicking on the “forgot password,” and then trying to
recover the password via email. Once they access to the email account, they
basically have access to all of one’s personal information. (Sam Cohen, 2017)
This leads to leaking of one’s personal privacy. Unfortunately, 21% of teens believe it is safe and harmless to post
personal information, including photos, on the social media.

 

Besides identity theft, hackers also contribute
to the lacking of privacy on media social. Hackers go after the social media
networks looking for careless victims. They tend to use the shortened URLs like
those which are created with bit.ly. These shortened URLs are used to trick
their victims into visiting malicious sites or to inject viruses into their
computers or mobile phones. Spyware also used by hackers in which they can
simply install on your mobile phone, laptop, iPad
or/and computer remotely via downloads, emails, shortened URLs or instant
messages. Hacker can get your important personal information through spyware.
Spyware gives the passwords you used in your social media network. Other that
than, spyware also can get password of other accounts which you can access
online in your gadget. This will give the hacker benefits without being caught
from the victims itself. The easiest way to stay out being a victim , is to
never click on and visit links that are not trusted of the actual source. (Sam
Cohen, 2017)

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Other
than hacking, criminals use social media to commit crimes. Robbers may know
when you are not home and are going for holiday vacation through online
networking. Stalkers also can get information about your current location via
social media. Social media sites utilize mobile apps and the location based
services to allow users to check in at their current locations. This normally exposes
the user’s whereabouts to all of the people they are connected with in their
social media networks. The information posted in the social media can be easily
used by bad people to track down your whereabouts.  Moreover, revealing to the online community
about where you are, or where you are going to, can end up causing unexpected
events. For instance, by posting your vacation picture along with tagging the
name of your current location, you will be letting the potential burglars
or/and thieves know exactly where you are and how long you will be gone for the
vacation. This may lead to the robberies. To avoid such risks, you should avoid
posting your travel plans, and using the location based services. The best way
is wait until you get home then you can post the vacation pictures as much as
you want. This will protect you, your family and your own personal information
from criminals. Therefore, the negative impact of media social on youth is lack
of privacy.