Human society is facing with the enormous impact of “invisible” things such as electronic media, and social networks today. Everyday, billions of people log on the Internet, participate in social networks, and share personal information to the community to contribute to the development of these services. In fact, almost every person, when they join the Internet and social networks, they seem considering it as a part of their life. However, along with the benefit of the Internet, there is a problem with the network security and personal liberty.
The Internet was invented as a search engine and it is not the place for storing personal privacy. In another hand, the Internet creates a perfect feeling to be anonymous, and most of people feel that no one can see them through the screen. Therefore many users do not consider clearly when they share their personal information without knowing that one day it can go back to harm their lives. Nowadays, personal information is becoming the commodity for the advertising or marketing industry. For example, when I create an account on Google, Google always force me to use my real identity in order to have a Google account. At first, I always trust Google because it is one of the five popular website in the world and it provides Internet services that let me to send email, participate in social networking tools (Karch n.d). However, according to Thanh Nien news, Google collects your personal information to do something else (Nguyen 2012). In fact, Google collects data of audiences through the video they watch on YouTube, what they search for Google.com, what they write in Gmail, and services that they use on Google+. Those kind of services above such as YouTube, Gmail, Blogger, Google + and Web History will record all of user’s choices to know about their behaviours. After that, Google can give your personal information such as your behaviour, favorites, etc. to organizations or businesses who want to reach potential clients. According to an analysis, “Google earned $14,7 per 1,000 searches in 2010” (Minh 2014). Sarah Downey, a privacy expert on Internet who works in Abine software company explained that: “The social networking is clearly revealed a chain of data supplying. The private companies collect this data and sell them to other companies, or deliver to the government. So, if you want to be more privacy, you should limit the data that the company collects about you” (Phuong 2014). It is so familiar when you see the advertisement on the Internet about “Answer those question, you can win a Samsum or an IPhone”. In fact, this is also a way to collect your information. Furthermore, nowadays, a lot of the telephone networks such as Mobifone, Viettel, Vinaphone also sell personal information to have extra income (Thuan & Phuong 2015). The result is that many people are disturbed of insurance companies, marketing companies, or those companies asking for sponsors, etc. Last but not least, hackers also can steal your personal information to do business or they can make you embarrass with the online community or even harm your lives.
Figure 1: Reproduced form HVCSND n.d
In order to not be the victim, you should protect your personal information while online. Firstly, you should be careful to not give so much information to the online companies such as online shopping, Google, Facebook, etc. Secondly, you only allow friends who you really know to connect with you or else you can be fooled by strangers. Last but not least, you always control strictly the information that you post online because when you already post something online, it is difficult to take the information back. Although Vietnam has created the laws to protect personal information, but I think the more careful you are, the more you will feel save.
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