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THE RISK OF SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION1The Risk of Sharing Personal InformationNameInstitution
THE RISK OF SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION2The Risk of Sharing Personal InformationIntroductionThe growth of the internet enables people to access wide range of information includingentertainment, products, and services of health, credit, and finance across different parts of the world. Even though the internet provides a certain degree of anonymity, there are greater ways that put personal information at risk. It is risky for one to think that there are no people who might be interested in their personal information; however, personal information can give an identity thief access to credit records, health information as well as financial accounts. In fact, anybody can experience identity theft. On the other hand, hacking is compromising people’s digital lives at startling rate. Personal information used to commit the online and offline crimes can be acquired through legal and illegal means. For instance, hackers can hack social networks and retrieve passwords to match them to usernames or access personal information provided to other service providers. They can use this information to track somebody’s offline identity which poses harm to the victim. The aim of this essay is to discuss some of the ways that providing personal information across the internet has led to an increase in offline and online crimes. In addition, it highlights the need for people protecting themselves and ways of doing so. Having information about cybercrimes can help people to protect their computers, money as well as personal information. People should adopt safer online practices regarding their personal information to minimize the chances of becoming victims of cyber crime. The more a person reveals their personal information within cyberspace, the more they put themselves and their families in danger.First Supporting Argument It is crucial to pinpoint that providing a lot of personal information over the internet hasdeleterious effects on people’s professional and personal life. The internet enables people to accessa lot of services that require personal information including e-commerce sites, health and financial services. Cyber criminals such as identity thieves and hackers will use resources
THE RISK OF SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION3and technology at their disposal to steal personal information from innocent victims (The Blakeley Group 2016, p.2). One of the ways through which they acquire personal informationover the internet is by lying about their identity, to convince vulnerable individuals to share their passwords, account numbers or other information. The information gives them the opportunity to purchase goods in the name of the victim causing defamatory credit reports.

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