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IN Science & Technology ON 09 Jun, 2015
Social media has spread its roots deeply into the lives of people of all age groups. There’s hardly anything that you cannot do with the help of the network. The internet has eased our lives to a never thought extent which is why it is so extensively the basis of so many activities today. Right from saving yourselves from standing in a queue for booking tickets to interacting with the ones sitting at the other face of this earth, everything can be done just at the count of a few clicks.
No doubt, the misuse of the internet has also been on peak lately. Many of us, either knowingly or unknowingly, happen to do such things on the web that are prohibited or illegal. Doing them knowingly is inviting imprisonment or heavy penalty. If you think you are not really aware of any illegal thing that you might be doing online, this story is to your rescue. Go through it and you will know some of the common illegal things that you might be doing so that you take a note before doing them again in future.
We do happen to record the Skype conversations for various utilities, for the sake of memories or entertainment by sharing in some cases. Do you know that recording any part of the conversation without prior information to the second person is highly objectionable and wrong? Sharing these recorded videos through any medium and to anyone is even bigger of a crime. So mind you, go through the laws and terms once, and think twice before you press 'RECORD' in middle of any conversation.
Well, everyone runs short on time these days and who wants to be kept waiting by advertisements while browsing? So, we all end up using blocking tools or skipping those ads which seem annoying and hurdles in smooth surfing. By bypassing them you tend to try to view the content without paying the fare for it which actually has nothing to do with your real pocket. While the company pays a huge amount to get their ads displayed on the most famous website pages, you just hit 'SKIP' and move ahead to the free stuff without being aware that you just did an illegal act by blocking something that popped up at the push of a pretty huge amount of money.
If you get your earnings through a real job, you are supposed to pay a part of your income to the government as Income Tax. Although this is quite a common fact to be known by all of us, many of those who run eBay stores do not think that they have a real job and hence never consider paying tax for their income through it. Selling on or two items is an ignorable case but if you do selling or reselling on a regular basis, you are liable to pay the income tax, failing at which you may find the IRS banging on your door, like it's, you know, their job.
If you think that by subscribing for one account and sharing the password you could smartly gain multiple access to HBO Go, Netflix and alike, you are wrong my friend. Sharing the passwords could bring the sirens of police vans at your doorstep and in no time you could be repenting your act of smartness.
Who cares enough to click at the 'terms and conditions' link while signing up on Facebook? Hardly anyone does and it is a result of this that cases of under aged account holders come up. Officially, Facebook does not permit anyone who is below 13 years of age to sign up on Facebook or operate it. But kids tend to enter a false date of birth to get through the signing up procedure which is actually illegal and punishable.
Though protecting or masking the IP address is not prohibited and there is no law against it, but changing or falsely entering the same could make you pay a huge amount of penalty or land you in jail.
Would you go straight way into the walk in closet of your neighbor's house and dress yourselves with one of their finest dresses without seeking their permission? If you are a citizen with etiquette, you surely won't. So, if you claim yourself to be a mannered citizen, you shouldn't be using someone's unsecured Wi-Fi without their permission. Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, doing this could be considered as theft. So look over your shoulder the next time you hop on Starbucks' free WiFi Network across the street.
Social media has been proved to be an evil-promoter especially in the realm of cyber bullying. According to Title 18, Section 875, Subsection C of the United States Penal Code "Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both." Therefore, better bite your tongue as soon as you think of making threats in public forum.
Most of us know that it is illegal to use copyrighted material and still we continue using it. Not all the images trending on famous stock photography websites are legally available for downloading. In fact, many of those images are originally copyrighted images which are illegally available for downloading on these websites.
Think beforehand of how you are going to defend yourself in the court if you are planning of registering your company with a trademarked domain. The company with a trademarked domain has a right to sue in the court if their domain is infringed.