THE RISKS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING2The Risks of Social NetworkingThe world is changing along with the modes of communication. The advent oftechnologies like the Internet and the World Wide Web has gradually made it possible forindividuals to communicate with each other dwelling in different geographical regions.Today, communication is more of a virtual nature and people are more inclined towards usingsocial networking sites as the platform for information exchange and for interaction. Thisinclination has instigated the emergence of a new wave of Internet usage which is thoroughlycentered on the use of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. More and moreinformation is now being exchanged on the social networking platforms and more and morenew users are joining the bandwagon.On one hand this phenomenon has provided people with new opportunities to exploreand exploit the benefits of technologies like the Internet and, on the other hand, thisphenomenon has provided ample opportunities for the technologies and users of suchtechnologies to exploit myriad of other users on a global basis. Excessive communication andinteraction over the social networking sites has actually turned most of the users intoindividuals vulnerable to privacy breaches. Most of the social networking sites have theirown security vulnerabilities and users of those sites are exposed to such risks. Moreover, thelack of awareness on the part of the users of the social networking sites about the ways ofprotecting their private information and about the risks related to the overuse of socialnetworking sites have added to the problem. Considering the complications related to theunrestrained use of social networking sites it must be argued that, excessive use of socialnetworking sites put the users at risk of security and privacy breaches which are instigated byperpetrators like hackers, spammers, and by all such individuals who view the socialnetworking sites as target zones meant for exploiting people. THE RISKS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING3The fact that social networking does not always ensure the safety and protection ofpersonal information is evident from the claims made by CEO of Fieldbrook Solutions LLC,Brad Dinerman. In his article, “Social networking and security risks,” he has emphasized thesecurity risks posed by most of the social networking sites to the users. Dinerman’s approachhas been a balanced one as he has spoken about both the merits and demerits of socialnetworking sites, but the demerits which he have emphasized are serious ones. Dinerman hasrightly pointed out that, each of the social networking platforms (including Facebook andTwitter) comes with its own set of security concerns which can put your information systemsand/or personal data at risk (Dinerman, 2015). This is a fact which should be admitted byevery user of social networking platforms. However, to ascertain the graveness of theproblem, we have to resort to the opinions of several other researchers who have focused onthe concerned problem in a thorough manner.One of the most serious problems with which users of social networking sites can befaced is the problem of hacking. In the journal article, “Social networking sites: security andprivacy issues,” author Thomas F.