Probably the most overlooked rule of the internet is that everything is traceable. From Facebook, to Yik Yak, to your search history. Just because something on the internet doesn’t have your name or an alias you go by next to it doesn’t mean you can assume anonymity, and with this rule, comes the rule that everything on the internet is accessible, one way or another.
We view websites like Facebook and Twitter as “save zones” and don’t really think of these platforms as gold mines for hackers and others attaining access to our info, but we are wrong. The most recent breakdown of security has been with the recent Snapchat hacks. While hackers were not able to breach the official Snapchat servers, they did gain access to a third party who stores images for users who want to keep their pictures, and in doing so, the hackers leaked around 100,000 photos to the public.
This is not the only massive breach of security in this age, but its the most recent and serves as a chilling reminder that everything you do on the internet can be traced back to you. While the internet and social media in particular are there for the benefit of the public, and can serve as incredible platforms for an exchange of ideas and communication, we must never become too comfortable in trusting our identity and personal information to the internet.