Many businesses and individuals have been posting personal information about their daily activities in the contemporary world. This is in line with the continuous growth in the level of technology all over the globe. Most businesses have been posting information as they take part in online businesses commonly referred to as e-commerce. It should also be noted that some businesses have decided to revolutionize their activities by advertising and selling their products online. This has led to the increased profitability in some instances and losses in others. With the success emanating from conducting business online, most businesses have ignored the continued risks of sharing confidential information online. More so, individuals have continued to share information about their private deals through social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Yahoo mail. This information is widely shared among the other individuals with an immense ignorance of the risks associated with such sharing of data. Some of the risks emanating from sharing data online include increased crime in businesses and among individuals, deaths, loss of vital data, transfer of viruses, and reduced profitability and opportunities among businesses all over the globe (Montalvo, 2003, p 144).
This essay explicates the key risks emanating from sharing data online and the effects of such risks on individuals and businesses in society.
The continuous sharing of information over the Internet has led to a greater rate of crimes among businesses and individuals. In some instances, businesses and individuals expose significant information that reveals even their private details. The information that is revealed by businesses and individuals online is vital as it gives criminals a chance to understand their weaknesses and loopholes. Camenisch et al. (2011, p 120) assert that the information makes it easier for criminals to understand the key areas that they could use to get into the business premises or to the residential places of the individuals. Most of the criminals’ cases that have been affecting businesses and individuals have been attributed to the continued use of the Internet and sharing of data online. The information that is shared by businesses and individuals has been hacked leading to the acquisition of the most significant information relating to the individual. Most businesses and individuals have ignored the risk of sharing information over the Internet hence leading to the increased losses of their property and other vital resources. The continuous sharing of information has also facilitated organized crimes due to the stalking of their movements from one place to another. Most businesses that ignored the risk of sharing information over the Internet have lost most of their financial grounds due to the information that is pre-emptied on the Internet. With the loss of financial and other vital resources, businesses have been closed down due to the inadequacy of funds for operations. Individuals that pretend to be loyal buyers mostly commit these crimes as genuine friends to individuals hence it is always difficult to prosecute them. Businesses and individuals must ensure that they take caution in order to avert losses due to the crimes.
Death incidences among individuals have emanated from the continuous sharing of data over the Internet. Most individuals have ignored the risks they take towards the value of their lives by sharing information over the Internet freely. Most individuals have been tracked down and killed as they share vital information relating to their locations and activities. Many of them have lost their lives through sharing information about their whereabouts and common activities. The information that is posted online has been used by murderers as the avenue of accessing those individuals that are being assailed. The sharing of information via social sites such as Facebook and Twitter has led to killings of individuals across the globe as they ignore the risk of sharing information with unknown individuals. Those with ill motives have always utilized the information of location that is shared by different individuals, which has subsequently led to their disappearances. Cases of kidnapping have also been reported, and they are related to the information that is continuously shared by different individuals over the Internet. There would be reduced cases of deaths in cases where people take caution and avert sharing information over the Internet. Individuals should be educated on the disadvantages of sharing their personal information, as this would help them to be cautious and careful with whatever they share. Individuals should be taken through significant procedures that would enable them to use the Internet freely and effectively without putting their lives at risk. They should be able to use the Internet in a manner that would be beneficial instead of being risky.
The ignorance of the continuous sharing of data has led to the loss of profitability and opportunities for businesses as they take part in e-commerce. Fienberg et al. (1985, p 128) assert that businesses have ignorantly posted significant information over the Internet relating to their areas of profitability. This presents a large opportunity for enemies to sabotage such avenues and lead to increased losses among businesses. Businesses taking part in e-commerce have posted vital information relating to their profitability points and the uses of such profits. Competing businesses and other ill-willed individuals have been able to monitor such information and use it to sabotage the core activities of such businesses. The information relating to the profitability of businesses has made it easier for enemies to dilute the potential grounds of earning such profits and investment in other key areas. Investment opportunities that are revealed by such businesses over the Internet could lead to the ultimate loss of such opportunities. Such opportunities are taken over by the other competing businesses hence leading to their losses. Businesses intending to trade online should be advised on the correct forms of conducting such activities. Businesses would only be able to make profits in cases where they do not disclose all their significant information to their existing enemies. Effective advisors should be employed by such businesses in order to ensure that vital information is only geared towards benefiting the business and not harming their activities in the current market that is growing at the fastest rate ever.
The legal and illegal access to information could lead to significant information being affected by viruses. Unauthorized individuals are likely to expose significant information to viruses hence making it hard for businesses and individuals to access and utilize it for different purposes. It should be noted that hackers have always aimed at accessing information and preserving it for their individual use without considering its initial users. Viruses also make it hard to read the information by the targeted parties hence making the beneficial information harder to access. More so, the deliberate exposure of information to viruses obscures the vital details of the information geared towards helping different parties in the community. The continued exposure of information to individuals who should not be allowed to reach it could be limited by ensuring that individuals are taught effective lessons on how to protect their information using passwords and other security codes. Individuals must also be taught about the risks that they expose their information to by sharing it with individuals whose motives are not easily understandable. Information should be properly kept by businesses and should be secured only for the targeted individuals within the business environment. Effective education of individuals would be effective in ensuring that information is not exposed to unauthorized users (Gibson, 2010, p 148).
Lastly, businesses and individuals do not put into consideration the risk of totally losing their information through the continuous sharing of it. Most businesses and individuals have totally lost information that could have been vital for use in different places. The loss of information for businesses as they trade online could lead to their ultimate closure. It also prevents the expansion of most businesses and the search for markets in different parts of the globe. Business organizations and individuals have lost significant amounts of crucial information which retard their activities. Moreover, individuals have lost most of their crucial information due to the continuity with which they share it. In order to avert the loss of information among individuals and businesses, there must be adequate education concerning the manner in which information is presented online.
In conclusion, many businesses and individuals have been posting personal information about their daily activities in the contemporary world. This is in line with the continuous growth in the level of technology all over the globe. Lips et al. (2005, p 112) observe that most businesses have been posting information as they take part in online businesses commonly referred to as e-commerce. The continuous use of the Internet has made it easier for individuals and businesses to meet and chat with their affiliates. The interconnection of individuals through computers has made it simpler for them to share information without putting in mind the necessary risks that could be involved in such activities. Therefore, it should also be noted that some businesses have decided to revolutionize their activities by advertising and selling their products online. More so, individuals have continued to share information about their private deals through social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Yahoo mail. This information is widely shared among the other individuals with an immense ignorance of the risks associated with such sharing of data. Some of the risks emanating from sharing data online include increased crime in businesses and among individuals, deaths among individuals, loss of vital data, transfer of viruses, and reduced profitability and opportunities among business all over the world. In order to avert these risks, businesses and individuals must be taught about the effective ways of communicating through the Internet and ensuring that their information is as safe as possible.