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Can you trust your social network

Can you trust your social networkI’m sure some of you already been familiar with,,,,, and so on. But as time passes by you require features and security that doesn’t come up with the above mentioned sites. I’ve been to all of the above mentioned sites, well they are not able to meet my requirements.

Looking for flexibility, security, storage, blogging, streaming, customization and distribution options. Then i went to multiply. Day by day i study it. They have some unique feature that really impressed me on far extent while others can’t even go near to it. Multiply is social network with a great combination of security and distribution measures. Multiply has an Ajax/web 2.0 based interface which is another unique thing you can’t just forget off.

The internet appears to be racing in a direction that is increasingly unaccountable and out of control rather than the other way around. Next year’s e-Crime Congress in London will focus on identity theft and the BBC reported this week that phishing has caused a rise in the amount of money lost to online banking fraud in the first half of this year. According to the Association of Payment Clearing Services (Apacs), the number of recorded incidents rose by a multiple of 16 over the previous year, with a 55 per cent increase in losses from online fraud against banks.

A study last month by online identity management company Garlik reported that the average UK citizen now represents a potential £85,000 target for identity thieves, and estimated that such fraud is now compromising more than 100,000 Britons per year. It predicts this figure will increase to 200,000 by 2010.

If crime is now an ugly cancer on the face of the internet, the growing trust deficit between those communicating and doing business online is also causing the patient to walk with a distinct limp, as Berners-Lee has so astutely observed.

Outside of the established media, it’s very difficult to give credence to what one reads online anymore, as the internet can be so very easily manipulated to present false or falsified information. The community edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a high profile victim of the web’s own ‘open skies’ policy one that struggles to maintain the truthfulness of its content.

Anonymity on the web may in principle sound good but with it one loses both verifiability and accountability for the content.

This harks back to the axiom: ‘On the internet, nobody knows if you’re a dog. So let’s say you disagree with what I’m writing here. In fact you disagree so much that you decide to use Blogger or some other resource to create an alternative blog that is packed with disinformation and defamatory at the same time. By month’s end, it’s likely that a ‘Googlebot’ has located your blog and your view of the world has, like magic, become read by many as a published form of gospel truth.

You’ve probably learned a long list of important safety and privacy lessons already look both ways before crossing the street; buckle up; hide your diary where your nosy brother can’t find it don’t talk to strangers.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, is urging kids to add one more lesson to the list: Don’t post information about yourself online that you don’t want the whole world to know. The Internet is the world’s biggest information exchange: many more people could see your information than you intend, including your parents, your teachers, your employer, the police and strangers, some of whom could be dangerous.

Social networking sites have added a new factor to the “friends of friends” equation. By providing information about yourself and using blogs, chat rooms, email, or instant messaging, you can communicate, either within a limited community, or with the world at large. But while the sites can increase your circle of friends, they also can increase your exposure to people who have less-than-friendly intentions.

You’ve heard the stories about people who were stalked by someone they met online, had their identity stolen, or had their computer hacked.

Your Safety’s at Stake
The FTC suggests these tips for socializing safely online:
Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site. Some sites will allow only a defined community of users to access posted content; others allow anyone and everyone to view postings.

Think about keeping some control over the information you post. Consider restricting access to your page to a select group of people, for example, your friends from school, your club, your team, your community groups, or your family.

Keep your information to yourself. Don’t post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or bank and credit card account numbers — and don’t post other people’s information, either. Be cautious about posting information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline. This could include the name of your school, sports team, clubs, and where you work or hang out.

Make sure your screen name doesn’t say too much about you. Don’t use your name, your age, or your hometown. Even if you think your screen name makes you anonymous, it doesn’t take a genius to combine clues to figure out who you are and where you can be found.

Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing — and knowing — about you. Many people can see your page, including your parents, your teachers, the police, the college you might want to apply to next year, or the job you might want to apply for in five years.

Remember that once you post information online, you can’t take it back. Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other people’s computers.

Consider not posting your photo. It can be altered and broadcast in ways you may not be happy about. If you do post one, ask yourself whether it’s one your mom would display in the living room.

Flirting with strangers online could have serious consequences. Because some people lie about who they really are, you never really know who you’re dealing with.

Be wary if a new online friend wants to meet you in person. Before you decide to meet someone, do your research: Ask whether any of your friends know the person, and see what background you can dig up through online search engines. If you decide to meet them, be smart about it: Meet in a public place, during the day, with friends you trust. Tell an adult or a responsible sibling where you’re going, and when you expect to be back.

Trust your gut if you have suspicions. If you feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, tell an adult you trust and report it to the police and the social networking site. You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim.

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