Repeat after me: Everything connected online is hackable. Nothing online is really ever totally private. Most everything about my online activity is likely being aggregated and sold. This is especially true if the website is free for me to use.
Okay, before we get going, realize that this article is not discussing things that we would like to think is relatively safe and secure…like banking and health records. Even then, please repeat the statements above because even for those situations it still holds true. What I’m going to talk about is the more run of the mill websites and platforms that everyone uses.
We are quick to use, click or sign up on a website without knowing what it is that we are actually agreeing to or signing up for…because we want entertainment and/or convenience…and we want it NOW. Talk about an instant gratification society right? Think about the following situations as an example: Go to the grocery store and buy ingredients then take another 35-40 minutes to make dinner or simply use an app to order pizza? Send someone a handwritten letter through the mail (snail mail) or shoot them an email? Sit down and write checks or schedule everything through bill-pay? Pick up a landline phone (they do still exist) and call someone or send them a text from your mobile device? Go to the local box office and purchase tickets to your favorite concert or buy them online? Stand in line at the theater for tickets or pre-pay on an app ahead of time and walk right in using a scan code through that app? Remember and type in your password all the time or ask your computer or use your thumb print to remember it all? Take pictures with a camera that has film, get it developed and send those images to family and friends or take pictures with your phone and instantly upload them to a social media platform like Facebook to share with those same people, for free? By now you should be getting my point…and that is that we want convenience, and technology has been great at providing that, but for that convenience we often forget the price that is associated with it, including a loss of data privacy and security.
You know who has a heightened level of privacy, doesn’t have social media accounts hacked, data isn’t mined from online habits and doesn’t get spammed to death? My dad. Why? He doesn’t get on computers let alone get online and he doesn’t even own a smart phone. True story. The dude still has checks, writes hand written notes, and hunts for his meat and gardens for his vegetables. Can you say “off the grid”? Want heightened data privacy? Be like dad.
Repeat after me: Everything connected online is hackable. Nothing online is really ever totally private. Most everything about my online activity is likely being aggregated and sold and sold. This is especially true if the website is free for me to use.
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