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Why The Price Of Social Media Cannot Be Our Health and Children’s Safety

I love social media it’s helped me create a business and like others keeps me in touch with friend and is a form of entertainment. I even created a viral social media just by using my head. I write about the dangers of social media that now need to be stopped!

The tide is turning and governments and users alike are turning against these platforms who need to respond fast.

Children Being Groomed Right Now!

A recent study showed that more childrenare being groomed on Instagram than on other social media platforms,

Police in England and Wales haverecorded more than 5,000 cases of online grooming since having sexualcommunications with a child became a crime in April 2017, child protectioncharity the NSPCC found.

Instagram users are being targeted

Instagram was used in a third of caseswhere a method was disclosed, while Facebook was used in 23% of cases andSnapchat in 14%. The number of cases on Instagram that police dealt with roseby 200% in the space of a year.

Girls aged 12 to 15 were most likely tobe targeted by groomers, and victims included children as young as five yearsold, according to the group, which based its figures on freedom of informationrequests to 39 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

A fifth of the victims were 11 years old oryounger

Fake News Causing Health Risks

NHS head Simon Stevens said parents are denying children life-saving jabs because of lies posted on YouTube and Instagram.

NHS England say that fake information isresponsible for people not taking up vital prevention vaccines.  YouTube as well as Facebook-owned Instagramand WhatsApp as among the platforms on which anti-vaxxers are spreading what hesaid was “fake news” about vaccines. NHS England said that England

Stevens said discussions within thehealth body has focused on how to stem the spread of anti-vaccination ideas onInstagram and YouTube, and referred to a parent at his daughter’s primaryschool who had used WhatsApp to express concern about children’s immune systemsbeing “loaded up” with vaccines.

Online ID Verification For Us All?

Biometric identification could help social media?

I can’t see a problem where stricter meaningful ID verification is introduced by the social media platforms

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The Banks and the finance sector have mastered online ID why cant the social media platforms? The threat is so constant and potent to our children, our privacy and even our health, knowing who you are dealing with online has got to be a priority

Meaningful ID Verification

The Bank Societe Generale is giving its customers the chance to open an account online using biometric facial identification and a dynamic selfie. The bank is deploying this technology to simplify the banking process and reinforce personal data protection and confidentiality. Its this sort of level of identification I suggest that would start to take effect against the negative aspects of social media. I am a realist and know that no security measures are 100% but I believe this sort of action will help towards reducing:

  • Grooming of our children
  • Fake news
  • Online bullying
  • The wrong content being shown to children
  • Cybercrime
  • Troll activity
  • Fake social media accounts

New Laws Coming to the UK?

Margot James MP, the U.K.’s Minister for Digital said that “online safety is a top priority for the Government and we want to make the U.K. the safest place in the world to be online

Companies such as Facebook, Instagramand Snapchat will be expected to ensure that only children aged 13 and over areon their platforms and that the content is appropriate for their age.

Those that breach the “age appropriate”code face fines of up to 4 per cent of global turnover by Elizabeth Denham, theInformation Commissioner, who will police the new regime.

She said: “Our code will clearly outlinewhat is required of developers at the design stage so that children areprotected in the first place. Safeguards must be built in, not bolted on.

“We will not hesitate to use ourconsiderable powers to enforce the law.”

Much as a parent who buys their child a cuddly toy should have the confidence there are no sharp edges or loose fixings so they should have the confidence that online games, websites and new technologies will be safe, she said.

Social Media Companies Change or Die

It’s time for social media leaders to make the change after all you have your own kids, health and privacy at stake


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Business safety: How safe and secure is your data in the cloud?

For the average consumer, the most common way to interact with the cloud is through storage apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud. Many users assume their files stored on the cloud are private because they require a password to log into the associated account.

Security does not necessarily equal privacy, however. While files stored on these services are encrypted both during transfer and at rest, the key to decrypting them is held by each respective company. That means measuring privacy depends on how much you trust Google, Apple, and Dropbox not to snoop. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing, this trust was severely damaged.

Problems arise when legal and business interests are placed at odds with user privacy. It’s in Google’s best interests, for example, to collect as much metadata about its users as possible so it can better target them with advertisements. It could, if it were so inclined, snoop on a user’s Google Drive files to learn more about them and collect personal data.

In another instance, Apple has fought the FBI tooth and nail to keep the government out of iPhones. If it were to give in to government coercion or a deal was made behind closed doors, the government would have the means to access users’ iCloud accounts.

Then there’s the threat of hackers. User details for several Dropbox accounts were leaked when an employee’s password was compromised. While no user data was ever at risk, it shows that even big companies have vulnerabilities. When the power to decrypt every account is centralized to a single entity, it’s obviously going to be a bigger target for hackers.

Cloud backup

“Cloud backup differs from cloud storage in that it creates an exact copy of the files and folders stored on a device and puts them on the cloud, as opposed to storing files that may or may not exist on the source device.” – Umbrellar – A Cloud Company Cloud hosting experts

Security standards vary greatly between different backup providers. Some only encrypt the transfer and leave files vulnerable at rest without any encryption at all. Others use the same centralized security authority model as Google Drive and Dropbox. The best ones, however, give users an option to create a private encryption key.

Setting a private encryption key means only the user can decrypt his or her own files. The cloud provider has no way to decrypt them. This also means that if the user loses the password, the files can never be recovered. Deciding between setting a private key or using the provider’s key comes down to how much you trust yourself to keep the key secure (and remember it) versus how much you trust the company. IDrive is highly rated and Crashplan is another excellent option for those who want to back up their devices with a private key.

Client-side encryption

Another option is to utilize client-side encryption. This means users encrypt their data on the local device before uploading to the cloud. Boxcryptor, Cloudfogger, and other apps are free to download and use specifically for this purpose. The downside is that the cloud provider can no longer index files by their contents or metadata, and cloud-based previews won’t work at all. If you use Boxcryptor to encrypt a Word document, for instance, you won’t be able to edit or preview it in Google Drive. You’ll have to download it, decrypt it, and make changes on the local machine.

In the earlier days of cloud computing, many were skeptical about security. Cloud servers are, after all, accessible to anyone with an internet connection and they are often shared between multiple clients. Today, the security of cloud technology is still contested. Public sentiment is leaning more and more in favor of cloud advocates, however, who say data is just as safe in a private data center as it is on the cloud.


So, is cloud storage safe? It largely depends on what precautions you take and with which company you subscribe to. Either setting a private key or using client-side encryption are the safest options by far. Most users won’t have much to worry about from the standards employed by Apple, Google, and Dropbox, but keep in mind that they could in fact access your files if they wanted to or if a government coerces them. Steer clear of any storage or backup providers that don’t encrypt files at rest. Many will claim to use encryption, but really they only encrypt the transfer.

Storing files on a second computer or external hard drive is probably the safest option, especially if it’s password-protected. But the other side of the coin is that these devices are prone to hardware failure, loss, and theft. The beauty of modern cloud services is that your files are usually stored redundantly in multiple locations, so even if a Dropbox datacenter gets hit by lightning, your data is still safe and accessible from another location.