[QUOTE=Xercus;2785660]Google/Social media are not words compatible with privacy. My clear advice would be to stay clear, but that is easier than said for some users out there as ‘it is soo easy’ (it sure is, at the cost).
The question is in reality; would you sacrifice convenience for something more secure, even if a little more cumbersome? Do you simply accept new technology or features without being skeptical and resarch the pros and cons of it?
You know, my entire spine shivers when I hear the ‘I ain’t got nothing to hide’ argument - you have misunderstood the whole idea, it really is all about our RIGHT to privacy, forensics should be kept an exclusive, not an all inclusive where we are heading. If you are under suspicion, there could be reasons for tapping your communication, but they never opened my letters back in the day and so why should I allow strangers access to my data or communication?
…still you have your social media acount(s)? Google mail? Whatever you failed to research first? …and then as the next step you complain about getting targeted? There simply never was no ‘for nothing’, whatever you get for free, someone else is paying for and they surely would want to get their money’s worth, so would you I guess.
I would hope for us that we all someday can get back to being as trusting as many of you are without the risks, but the unknown threats that face us every day in the infancy of digital communication (seems to have been around forever, it’s not so it has only just begun)…[/QUOTE]
I agree with you when it comes to the tired old “nothing to hide” argument. I’m so sick of hearing people talk about how it’s OK for Big Brother to look over their shoulders, because they “ain’t got nothing to hide. I ain’t gone done no nothing wrong, so what’s the problem?”
PS: Avoiding social media is simply not enough. Facebook can and will track you whether you use it or not. You have to take things one step further by denying your apps from communicating with Facebook.com in the first place. There are multiple ways of doing this: host files, browser addons, firewalls… take your pick. Likewise for Facebook.net (it’s not just Facebook.com), fbcdn.net, Google.com, GoogleAnalytics.com, gstatic.com, YouTube.com, YouTu.be, ytimg.com, GoogleSyndication.com, GoogleAPIs.com, GoogleTagManager.com, GoogleTagServices.com, GoogleAdServices.com, DoubleClick.net, and practically a million others.
That’s not even getting into the government’s illegal wiretapping of the internet. The only remedies for that are encryption, web relays (that is, proxies, VPNs, TOR, and other similar technologies), and constant activism. Of those three things, activism is easily the most important. If you don’t stand up against big government now, anti-freedom sectors such as the NSA will find new ways of countering the aforementioned self-protection measures. This is especially crucial with Trump taking the White House, as he’s going to bring surveillance to a whole new level, while forcibly silencing anyone who opposes (unless a large quantity people oppose so loudly, he can’t possibly silence them all).