Your check-in and posts threaten your life

Is it good to log into your Facebook account, take photos and then announce with your “Friends” wherever you go?

“Ahhhh! Robber ! Anyone please helps me.” As fast as the lightning, the robber ran away after seconds. “It’s the new EOS digital camera I have just bought with all my saving money. It’s really expensive”, said Ha. She cried, “Why there have been so many unfortunates and troubles come to me in just 2 months?”

After 10 minutes checking-in on Facebook, my friend – Ha – was robbed the professional camera which costs her more than 30 million VND. Her major is about filming and photography but her family is between the middle and low class, therefore, it is really difficult for her to purchase a professional camera. In addition, just one month ago, she was also lost her Macbook Pro, which costs nearly 50 million VND. She said that she didn’t understand why the thief got into her house and stole it even though she put it in a place that was hard to find.

At that time, I didn’t understand why she continued being robbed her valuable devices in just only 2 months. And now, I figure out the reason. My friend really likes to take photos of everything she has and then check-in on Facebook to share with her friends. It is no doubt that why the thieves know all of her whereabouts to rob her valuable material things.

In 2010, the CEO of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg – announced that Facebook has the new “check-in”. People can check-in wherever they are so the public, their friends, their family could know the location also discover new interesting places (Singel, 2010). Besides, nowadays, people tend to log into Facebook and update where and what they are going to do to share with their friends, grab others’ attentions or even to show off (Grover, 2014). Because of self-narcissism, many people said “I want others to be envious when seeing me check-in at luxurious places” or they want to gain more likes, comments and concerns from others.


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Don’t be betrayed by your own account !

The number of social media users increase comes along with the rise of criminals. Robbers also take advantage of social networks to select their targets (Axon, 2010). According to Dickinson (2011), 80% of robbers check Social media including Facebook and Twitter daily to see when their targets are not at home. After then, they will make up a perfect plan to get into that target’s house to steal as much as they can. There used to be a story about a woman named Keri McMullen, who was lost $11,000 because of check-in on Facebook and announced that she was about to see a band with her financé. The robbers find no difficulty to find out the location of her house then broke into it to steal money (Sileo, n.d)


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No matter how careful you set your privacy on social media, all your information still be in public and it might be the track and targets of robbers, burglars and thieves. Therefore, before posting anything on social media, especially Facebook, you must consider carefully and don’t post too much details about you or else it will harm you and your beloved people.

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Sileo, n.d, ‘Facebook status update leads to robbery’, viewed 24 April 2015,<>


Don’t be a slave of feelings for social media


“I feel so lonely, why none of my friends are online and talk to me? Why that person does not give me the birthday wish? He / she does not want to be friend with me anymore? What happened with them? Did I do something wrong so he / she is mad at me? Who are they talking about? Is it me? But I did nothing wrong”  

As the first time when I started using Facebook, I usually came up with these thoughts and assumptions which led to my negative thinking. At that time, I was very struggling with the tensions and negativity caused by my Facebook friends, from the statuses, photos and everything they posted. After that I realize it is too stupid to let Facebook dominate my feelings.  

The arise of the Internet comes along with the development of Social Media. The latter is supposed to be the place where people interact with others, share their thoughts, happy moments and receive a warm embrace and encouragements from their friends. Hence, it makes their lives happier and better.   However, it is a two-sided sword that can kill people anytime if they do not know how to control themselves towards the virtual world properly. According to a research of Ethan Kross and Philippe Verduyn (The Economist, 2013), the authors assert that the more people use social networks, the more they are dissatisfied with their lives.  

It cannot be denied that nobody wants to feel lonely and unhappy when joining social media. However, a research also found out that when skimming to view posts from friends, especially those who always post photos about vacations, delicious food in luxurious place can generate the feelings of envy, frustration and loneliness to users (Sifferlin, 2013). Moreover, when a special event comes such as birthday or wedding, users tend to expect their best friends or colleagues to give them the wishes, but when things go out of their expectation, they feel disappointed and desperate. As a result, people start thinking negatively about their lives then turning to hate “that person” without any reasons and this could break the relationship between people easily.


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In addition, when people spend time on surfing the social media too much, their well-beings are decreased by ending up comparing themselves with each other and this can lead to unexpected consequences (Konnikova, 2013). There used to be an issue about a hot girl from Da Nang who committed suicide because of being mocking and telling badly on Facebook. This caused both the school and her family shocked and suffered (Kenh14, 2013). Hence, it can be seen that it is important to control ourselves towards the negativity on social media.  

A study found out that the more time women spend on social media, the higher weight and shape concern they may have. Hence, the possibility to have “appearance-focused behavior”, decrease in self-esteem and feel lonelier, more anxious and negative is high (Gummow, 2014).

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Social media can be an invisible rope to tighten and build up your relationship if you know how to select proper information to your mind. However, do not let your emotions depend too much on the virtual world. Don’t let it destroy yourself. You are the one that makes you happy, be wise to select information because a positive mind will also lead to a happier life. As there is a quote of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire world, deserve your love and affection”. You deserve your happiness. Be a controller, not a domination of Social media.  

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Kenh 14, 2013, ‘Nữ sinh lớp 12 tự tử vì bị bêu rếu trên Facebook’, Kenh14 News, viewed 22 April 2015, <>  

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Internet – The Spy of information

Internet – the Spy of information With the rise of the Internet comes along with the growth of digital technology, people now can easily communicate, interact with others and do many things online more convenient than the time before. However, everything has its pros and cons and the Internet is a two-sided sword. If people do not use it properly, they may be harmed by their private information provided for the Internet. Let’s think about this scenario, you receive a phone call from a Fitness center and sms message about selling an apartment without knowing who they are, wonder how and where they get your information. This proves that online personal privacy is much more severe than we usually recognize, as what Jenkin (2006) said : “In the world of media convergence, every important story gets told, every brand gets sold and every consumer gets courted across multimedia platform”.  


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Media convergence is the interconnection of the information, contents and communication technologies of both old and new media that all have in a specific device such as smartphone, tablet or laptop (Jenkin, 2006). In fact, currently, everyone can shop, pay the bill or transfer the money online in one device. However, they might not be aware of the threat of personal private information they provide can make them become a target of a third-party company or even worse are hackers. Therefore, Online Personal Privacy is very important but people do not pay much attention to it. It is considered as the rights to secure also limit the access to personal information. (Sharbaugh, n.d).

In European countries and developed countries such as Australia, USA and Canada, they significantly concern about personal data posted online. 79% of Australians believe their private information is sent offshore and it becomes an approach for sales and marketing. (OAIC, 2013). However, in Asian countries, especially Vietnam, people are careless about the term “privacy”.

Have you ever noticed that the Internet is spying your private information and you or your family may become a victim for advertisers, marketers and criminals ?


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There are two main concerns for online privacy on the Internet including in social networks (Eg. Facebook, Twitter, ….) and in online banking and shopping.

Specifically, Facebook has become one of the largest social networks in the world. Even though this social network guarantees that all of users’ private information is being secured, the truth is contrasted. Facebook is denounced of reading users’ detailed private message and selling their information to advertisers and other data-miners (McGrath, 2014). In point of fact, you might notice that some Fanpages related to various companies and organizations appear on your Newsfeed but you have never clicked “Like” or “Follow” before. Another point is that the majority of Vietnamese people tend to share everything including their private information on Facebook without noticing the severe consequences might happen. (Sharbaugh, n.d). There are various cases in which the criminals can easily rob valuable things of others due to the share of locations, photos and information on Facebook.

Besides, thanks to the convenience of the Internet, online shopping and banking have been very popular recently. However, Vietnamese users might not be aware of its potential threats. In fact, in Vietnam, there are many people have been stolen the money in their bank accounts due to various ways of hackers. One of the way is install a strange application and virus for eavesdropping will be secretly sent into your phones. (Nhat, cited in Thanh Nien news, n.d)


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You should consider carefully before installing a strange application or sending your private information to avoid the unexpected problems that might occur.

References : Jenkins, H. 2006, “Introduction: Worship at the Altar of Convergence. A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change,” in Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York: New York University Press,), p. 1 -24.

McGrath, P. 2014, ‘Facebook alleged to have sold information in users’ private messages’, The ABC News, viewed 15 March 2015, <;

Nhat, B.L, n.d, ‘Be careful when using Mobile Banking’, Thanh Nien news, viewed 16 March 2015, <>

Sharbaugh, P n.d., ‘What’s Mine is Your’s: An Exploratory Study of Online Personal Privacy in Vietnam’, course note for COMM2383 Asian CyberCulture, RMIT University, Vietnam, viewed 15 March 2015, Blackboard@RMIT.

The OAIC, 2013, ‘Community Attitudes to Privacy survey’, Research Report, The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, viewed 16 March 2015, <>