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Putting Your Privacy on a Pedestal.
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and many other social sites are constantly on the rise and our privacy on the internet and those sites has become a concern because sensitive, personal information is used for purchases , communication, business and sometimes gaming . We would never share sensitive, personal information wi th a stranger in the real world so why would we do it online? All it takes is one person among tens of thousands, who use social networks and the internet, to ruin things for everyone - if someone gets ahold of another's personal and private information - that person's information could be used for fraudulent purposes, make them out to look like a bad person or worse. It is important to c onsider your own (and others) privacy , remember who could be handling that information, and if the site is reliable processing information safely. We must remember that t here are sometimes real people working behind these computers and those people have charge of our personal information . This paper will explore what it looks like to put your privacy on a pedestal and the dangers of not protecting it.
There are plenty reasons to want to protect your privacy and the most important principal is that you have a right to privacy if and only if that right is used within boundaries of the law. Seeking privacy should never make anyone feel guilty because it is expected and should even be demanded. The reasons might be as simple as preserving your right to express unpopular opinions without being exposed to persecution, or as serious as communicating sensitive business information, revealing credit card numbers, legal discussions with your accountant, or hiding your identity from a secret government. Regardless of your reasons, privacy is your right.
Contrary to what some governing bodies might want the public to believe, not all those concerned with security and privacy are hackers or terrorists. ---
The internet provides one of the easiest communications tools ever afforded by mankind. It is quick, convenient, cheap….and as insecure as it is quick, convenient, and cheap. A message sent months ago remains on an ISP's server or as a backup, and can be retrieved by anyone who knows how to do so. This is information which you personally have deleted for a reason - not to be accessed by someone else after you have finished with it. There have been times where information has been retrieved up to 6 months after, and used in a court case as evidence. --- It can be quite simple for someone to intercept your messages or information if they want it. This may be just an administrator of your ISP or your office network. Or it might be a business competitor, legal foe, or government agency, with much more serious intentions.
Levinson states in his New New Media book that "there are strategies you can adopt that limit exposure to unwanted encounters… " ( 120 ). He was speaking of Foursquare and their check-in feature but I believe that goes for all online outlets , all