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The internet has become one of the most persistent and useful technological tools available Regardless of age or technological sense many people use the internet daily for a number of purposes It is used to communicate with friends and family research information for work school or for personal curiosity It also keeps people up with current events and allows them to shop online People use personal data like credit card numbers and bank account information that they think are going to disappear once off the website The internet is like a storage bag that stores everything that a user looks at or place on the internet Users information maybe looked back by that individual but also other people Every website that is visited can be tracked without that person even knowing Advertisers use this method to sell products and also to sell that information they collected to others Advertisers are not the only ones doing this but also service providers and hackers Emails sites visited networking sites and web searches are places that these kinds of people look at just to look for up information about that person Although the internet has created positive impacts on society threats to personal privacy and security has emerged as wellCybercrimesMany American avoids online shopping banking and other types of internet commerce because they fear having personal information like credit card or social security numbers to be stolen According to the Census Bureau only about 40 percent of all adults internet users in the United States use the web to shop or pay bills One of the most widespread and dangerous internet assisted scams is identify theft of stealing credit cards social security numbers and other personal information Some identity thieves hack into e-commerce websites Identity theft can commit many crimes from opening banks accounts and writing bad checks to take
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