The results that stem from Twitter and other social media networking sites include invaluable connections, countless conversations about similar interests, exposure to the public and…crime?

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media networking websites in the world, recently reaching over 13 million users.  It embodies everything people want: it’s quick, fast, and free. With the efficiency of the site also comes the immediate dangers.  You’d be surprised how much could go wrong with just 140 characters.

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twitter-page1 The Twitter Security Dilemma

Your middle name. The first street you grew up on. The name of the first family pet. These are the answers we give to password security questions online without even considering the simplicity of the questions being asked or the availability of the answers to these questions in varied online forums. Everyone does it, from your children to the top people at powerful companies, and thus leaves themselves open to the whims of hackers. Twitter learned this the hard way when a hacker recently gained access to the company’s internal information and employee’s personal accounts through the vulnerability and simplicity of the “forgot password” security question.

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Here are 10 tips on how to keep your child’s identity secure.

1. Teach Them About Social Security Numbers
First of all, your kids should know what a social security number is and the importance of keeping it private. Never let your children carry around their social security cards!

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Security cameras caught the craigslist killer in Boston. His friends say that he seemed normal. This brings up the question: How do you really know someone? The perceived notion of anonymity gives comfort to some and fear to others. When one can’t trust their friend or neighbor, how do we give so much trust to strangers?
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Cyber spying is no longer the work of movie fiction. Recently, a Canadian research security group has discovered a network of spies called GhostNet which were linked to government computers. It has infiltrated over 1,000 computers in more than 100 countries. These cyber spies gained information through spyware installed on computers of politicians, diplomats, and journalists. Targets included the Associated Press and the Dalai Lama.

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