With our culture moving digitally forward, people are so quick to not read terms and agreements to things they sign up for. After reading the articles for this week, I can say that I was just insured that everywhere you login or sign up for, you will never fully own anything. Any information you share with social media platforms rightfully belongs to those platforms because you had agreed to it. The statement, “I don’t have nothing to hide” can be so dangerous in this day and age because if you have a target on your back, for example if you were wealthy or well known to the public, any little information about you can bite you right back. Home addresses getting leaked, phone numbers, and private videos are the most common I see on social media.
Digital privacy is so important because it protects your information. Internet Society describes in their “Policy Brief: Privacy” that personal data does have strategic value and monetary value to others. Today, we can see how personal data and information can be shared so quickly and with advancements in softwares and technology comes privacy issues. Yet people are so quick to not think about that and continue to share their personal lives and information on so many social media platforms. I would say that I have always been that person that watched what I put out there for the world to see because I grew up with adults telling me “be careful what you put on the internet, nothing is ever private.” I was instilled that future employers, school administrators, and others could potentially see what I was posting about and that made me in a way stay cautious. Even though that phrase has relaxed down, it just made me realize that people can get hacked so easily because of their identity being out there so publicly.
This article on Forbes discusses how at the end of the day people don’t want to take the time to learn how they can protect their privacy and goes into depth about Jameson Lopp’s, CTO of Casa, story of getting swatted after hackers had alerted the police that there was a hostage situation. Hackers threaten him with voicemails, used stolen credit cards to purchase drugs/illegal things on the darknet and sent them to his house, forging a deed in attempt to claim ownership of his house, and tampered with accounts for his utilities to be turned off. Lopp wrote a blog about his experience and created a system of extreme operational security (OPSEC) for cypherpunks.
If You Don't Care About Online Privacy, You Should Read This
Note: This is part one of a two-part series on why online privacy matters and the lengths people have to go to in order…