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Although websites such as Facebook and MySpace experienced exponential growth during the middle of the first decade of the 21st century, some users remain oblivious to the fact that the information they post online can come back to haunt them. First, employers can monitor employees who maintain a blog, photo diary, or website. Employers can look for controversial employee opinions, sensitive information disclosures, or wildly inappropriate conduct. For example, a North Carolina newspaper fired one of its features writers after she created a blog on which she anonymously wrote about the idiosyncrasies of her job and coworkers.

The second unintended use of information from social networking websites is employers who check on prospective employees. A June 11, 2006 New York Times article reported that many companies recruiting on college campuses use search engines and social networking websites such as MySpace, Xanga, and Facebook to conduct background checks. Although the use of MySpace or Google to scrutinize a student’s background is somewhat unsettling to many undergraduates, the Times noted that the utilization of Facebook is especially shocking to students who believe that Facebook is limited to current students and recent alumni.

Corporate recruiters and prospective employers are not the only people interested in college students’ lives. The third unintended use of social networking websites is college administrators who monitor the Internet—especially Facebook—for student misconduct. For example, a college in Boston’s Back Bay expelled its student Government Association President for joining a Facebook group highly critical of a campus police sergeant. In addition, fifteen students at a state university in North Carolina faced charges in court for underage drinking because of photos that appeared on Facebook.

Although more users of websites such as Facebook are becoming aware of the potential pitfalls of online identities, many regular users still fail to take three basic security precautions. First, only make your information available to a specific list of individuals whom you approve. Second, regularly search for potentially harmful information about yourself that may have been posted by mistake or by a disgruntled former associate. Third, never post blatantly offensive material under your name or on your page as, despite the best precautions, this material will likely make its way to the wider world. By taking these simple steps, members of the digital world can realize the many benefits of e-community without experiencing some of the damaging unintended consequences.

Moderate Reading Comprehension Question - 16

Q16.

Common Information Question: 2/7

Which of the following best describes the author's logical flow in the passage?

A.

Define a problem, provide examples of it, offer means of remedying it, and offer a brief evaluation of the issue at hand

B.

Provide examples of a problem, offer a counter point, provide a resolution of the conflicting views, and offer a brief evaluation of the issue at hand

C.

Provide examples of a problem, provide means of remedying it, offer a brief evaluation of the issue at hand, and provide a contrasting evaluation of the issue at hand

D.

Define a problem, provide examples of it, offer a brief evaluation of the issue at hand, and offer suggestions to support that evaluation

E.

Define a problem, offer a contrasting view of the issue at hand, offer a brief evaluation of the issue at hand, and offer a solution to the conflicting views

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Moderate Reading Comprehension Question - 17

Q17.

Common Information Question: 3/7

The author implies that users should take all of the following actions to protect their online privacy EXCEPT:

A.

Know to whom you make your online information available

B.

Actively hunt for misinformation or damaging information posted about you or under your name

C.

Speak with recruiters to inform them of any misinformation published about you

D.

Carefully select and limit who can view your electronic profile

E.

Avoid uploading information that would be exceedingly damaging if it were discovered

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Moderate Reading Comprehension Question - 18

Q18.

Common Information Question: 4/7

The tone of the passage suggests that the author's view toward e-community and the digital world can best be described as:

A.

Largely Pessimistic

B.

Frustrated

C.

Guardedly Optimistic

D.

Distressed

E.

Strongly Optimistic

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Moderate Reading Comprehension Question - 19

Q19.

Common Information Question: 5/7

According to the passage, all of the following represent a possible threat to privacy or an unintended use of data EXCEPT:

A.

Disgruntled past associates posting damaging information online

B.

Colleges or universities disciplining students for expressing politically incorrect or institutionally disowned opinions

C.

Government officials using online information, obtained against one’s will, to bring legal proceedings

D.

Potential employers conducting unauthorized and potentially invasive background checks via Google or Facebook

E.

Malicious users impersonating one's identity to commit identity fraud

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Moderate Reading Comprehension Question - 20

Q20.

Common Information Question: 6/7

Primary purpose of the passage is to:

A.

Explain the growth of the digital world through the lens of privacy

B.

Discuss the risks of the digital world and suggest ways to protect yourself

C.

Evaluate the pros and cons of active participation in the digital world

D.

Propose steps Facebook, MySpace, and Google can take to protect user privacy

E.

Illustrate potential unintended uses of private information

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