Privacy- something that you may want every now and then but cannot have because sometimes it is inevitable. Do you have Facebook Messenger? Did you in their terms and conditions in 2014 when Facebook messenger rolled out? If you accepted their agreement, then you gave Facebook to access your phone whenever and wherever they wanted. In a recent article, Facebook states this on them sharing your privacy “We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.”
We live in a time where everyone puts everything they have going on in their life on social media. Nothing is private- going to the bathroom, when someone is emotional, when someone made a sandwich. You get the point, you know when people are not home, when they are out of town or even driving.
Let’s say you have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; with those four social media websites alone, I can figure out who you are with, what you are doing, why you are doing it and have an estimate of when you will be home or to a specific location. HELLO does that not alarm you? Random strangers can figure everything out about you!!!
There are a few things I do to keep some of my life private and it’s the following:
1. I have a notebook and a note in my email for all passwords and other important log in information.
2. I keep some things personal offline. If something I have learned is, that you do NOT need to tell everyone that you are broken up, together or single. That part of your life should stay private, no one needs to know you are fighting or whatever is going on.
3. I make sure that I am on a server that is safe and secured. Some “WiFi” areas like at McDonalds or Starbucks can see anything and everything you do and so can other people near you see it.
When it comes to the government and other entities that have access to our information, we are vulnerable in all aspects. Even when you keep yourself safe, it’s hard to make sure that anything from what you said when you were a young naïve high schooler doesn’t affect you getting a job not to mention add your public records and credit score. Your privacy, even mine is at the hands of anyone. The issue is, will you be a part of a bigger hack or will it be sold to someone? The only thing to do is wait. Think about it in regards to this, our lives are open but they aren’t as interesting as say the President of the United States (POTUS) or the Kardashian family, so it’s not as an advantage compared to celebrities lives. Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame but there is a point where people forget how much of their life and privacy they are giving away.
Something to consider as I end my privacy plea, Apple users– when you agree to their terms and conditions, you are allowing them to use the data to plan your ETA’s on meetings as well as your music and the type of ads to use for you. You may be thinking, how did I let this happen and what can I do? Simple, it’s like a long bill sent to the House of Representatives, you skim them but don’t read between the lines where it tells you, they will use the information that they want and when they want and you agree to vote or click the accept button only to realize you will have to live with your decision.
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