Are We Misusing the Internet? Top 7 Ways the Internet is Misused

The World Wide Web (WWW) or the Internet has revolutionised the whole world. It would be difficult… very difficult, if not impossible to imagine existence without the internet. It has become an indifferentiable part of our daily lives. The internet today is perhaps quarter of a century old and day-by-day it’s uses have been increased exponentially.

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The internet holds huge amount of data as in 2009 it was estimated that there are more than 500 billion Gigabytes digital contents on the internet. According to an article from theguardian.com, “If the world’s rapidly expanding digital content were printed and bound into books it would form a stack that would stretch from Earth to Pluto 10 times.” This was all about 2009, now it’s 2017… No, I won’t say anything. You imagine yourself.

According to a report, “Radio took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 millions, Television took 13 years and Internet just 4 years.”

How fast!

India’s 200 million internet users are set to cross the half billion mark by 2017 and will have one of the largest number of users in the world.

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Internet was started for good but now the purposes have been redefined and it’s getting misused to its maximum extent. We’ve forgotten why it was invented and started misusing it. (No, I’m not talking about you; you are reading the right thing. )

Today, the internet has become a breeding ground for all the illegal activities. The unlimited information access has given insights for burglaries, terrorist attacks, kidnappings and many other types of crime. (In this article I will be writing only about the negatives.)

Before the internet, you had to pay for buying any movie or album. But internet has come with a word ‘piracy’, which includes downloading or disturbing any media files (Movies, Music etc.), applications without the owner’s consent means you can download any latest movies or album for free. Saddening is that many people don’t even know that downloading or getting any copyrighted stuffs free from anywhere is illegal. Have we got any proper way to fix this?

Movies, where makers put a lot of efforts and money, get leaked before or during the release. A lot of movies like Expendables 3(2014), Hulk(2003), The Interview(2014) etc. have been leaked during or before the release. Some of the highly anticipated movies that have leaked before or during their release have greatly suffered close to 20% of their projected sales.

By each coming day, computer viruses are becoming more aggressive that they could even shut down the economy. All sensitive data like medical records, financial records, security records, criminal records, educational records etc. are getting stored on the cloud storage and a well designed computer virus can ruin everything. Latest, on 12th May 2017, is ‘WannaCry Ransomware’ attack which influenced… better to say ruined more than 2 million computers in over 150 countries. It started encrypting all the files and asking victims to pay $300 ransom in Bitcoins otherwise all the files on the computer would be deleted. Pretty scary!

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According to a study presented by researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Ransomware victims have paid more than $25 million in ransoms over the last two years.

Once, I Googled for a Laptop, after that every website I visited were showing ads related to Laptops. Seriously, try this. We think that our search queries are private… hell NO. If it was so then how did they start showing ads related to your search queries. When we visit any website, the website installs a cookie on our device which is further recognised by the ad networks and related ads are displayed to you. One thing, are we having any privacy?

When I was 12 years old, a website that I visited showed, “You must be at least 13 years old to sign up” and you know what I changed my birth year and told them that I’m 15. Seriously, on the internet, is there any concrete way to verify the age of a visitor? A big NO. Pornographic materials are the most prominent because children are most likely to stumble upon these types of websites. So, preventing children from accessing materials which they don’t belong to should be our major concern.

Prevent Children from Accessing Pornographic Materials

The contents which are specially for year 2017, will it be any useful in the year 2018? No. Then how will it be removed? The internet is also full of fake and fraud contents. So, this way you can imagine that by every passing years how much internet-waste will be created. You search for any information and it comes with buckets of information that it becomes really a tough task to identify which one to follow. You open any search result with lot much of hope and it opens with nothing valuable inside, yes… that’s ‘clickbait articles’ for you. Controlling these should also be our major concern.

Then there comes the biggest internet culprit – Social Media and Instant Messaging Platforms like Facebook, InstagramWhatsApp, Snapchat and all. These were created for our betterment the creators of these platforms would have never thought that it’d be misused this way as of now. Like, most of the youngsters and even teenagers are wasting their valuable times on these platforms. But the same social media can be used as a knowledge hub and one can gain huge knowledge from these platforms.

By each passing day, we hear news of cyber-bullying, identity theft, credit card information theft, movie leak before its release and bla bla bla. We are going somewhere on the wrong path for sure.

So, whom to blame for this, the inventors of the Internet or the users? I guess, the users.

We need to understand these things and not waste our valuable time for some useless stuffs instead gain some worthy knowledge. We should learn to protect our financial and all other personal details from someone misusing or taking advantage of it. We can’t survive without the internet but we can covert all these misuses into uses. Not easy but not impossible too.

That’s it.

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Deepak Kumar

Brawny | Brainy | Tech-savvy | Ambitious

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