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    Should more people be concerned with they privacy online?

    A lot of people tend to look at internet security as a means of just ensuring they use good passwords and don't click fishy e-mail links. They feel doing this along with using some kind of virus protection is all they need.

    On the other hand, other people focus more on browser security. Using adblockers, VPNs, and in some cases avoiding WIndows all together and going with Linux so they are not vulnerable.

    What are your thoughts on internet security?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    A lot of people tend to look at internet security as a means of just ensuring they use good passwords and don't click fishy e-mail links. They feel doing this along with using some kind of virus protection is all they need.

    On the other hand, other people focus more on browser security. Using adblockers, VPNs, and in some cases avoiding WIndows all together and going with Linux so they are not vulnerable.

    What are your thoughts on internet security?
    I think there are two different things in what you said : privacy and security.
    Security is indeed about avoiding being hacked, having your crucial data like credit card code stolen or dodging scams or viruses.
    Privacy is another thing. Some people want to be invisible on the net but it's impossible.
    I've seen a few people go paranoïd with a lot of <<what if>> about registered data online (cookies, histories, accounts, targeted adds) especially by Google.
    The thing is that these people think that Google (most common example) is some kind of Big Brother that's actually monitoring their activity, seeing what they see, reading what they read etc...
    Those people don't get one thing : Google gives NO SHIT about what you ate yesterday, what kind of porn you watch, or what edgy political blog you read. To these tools such as Google Analytics (that i've used a bit throughout my studies) you are a number, not a person. On those tools, you only get statistics, not the actual browser history of people. And even if, why would some CIA spy, russian hacker, or Google admin would specifically go to your browser history to know what manga you bought, what music you listen to, or who you told to go firetruck themselves on twitter ? People think they are important. They're not, none of us are.
    The only ones for whom those questions are legitimate are people such as leaders (Angela Merkel being spied on by the NSA for a recent example, and even then it was more of a phone spying), but except such influencial figures, everyone is a nobody, one drop in the ocean, one digit among the billions of clicks.

    So being concerned with security is alright. But privacy is nonexistent on the Web, because a click goes through traceable softwares (even with Linux) to even work. And aside noticing that embarassing night's photo on your Facebook page before the incoming job interview, flipping your shit about privacy on the net is meaningless.

    Normal people are irrelevent on the net, and thinking they are more than a lost digit in the infinity of the web is overastimating themselves.
    Never overestimate mankind.

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    I do a lot with digital privacy/security, but that's less so because of my activity and moreso because of my job. I work for a University, so the data I administer is technically government data. I need to be very careful to protect our clients' data as well as my employer's data, not to mention securely transferring data between the two of them securely. I also participate in/help in the planning of digital privacy workshops that my office hosts. I don't want to mention which methods/software I have been using because then I could be traced back here and that goes against the principles I enforce in classes for our clients.

    I agree with Silverstar, none of us here are important enough to be tracked on an individual level, but practicing good security/privacy habits is still valuable for learning about networking, computing, and helps to build a resume.
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    Tracking in the form of information drips to companies is what I was talking mostly about. This happens to most people it seems. You do a search and see an ad pop up for something to do with it. I have gotten mail, actual physical mail from diaper companies after letting a friend who has a child use my computer. This was back in 2012 I think but still. They assumed I had a child based on her activity online. It is creepy to me lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    Tracking in the form of information drips to companies is what I was talking mostly about. This happens to most people it seems. You do a search and see an ad pop up for something to do with it. I have gotten mail, actual physical mail from diaper companies after letting a friend who has a child use my computer. This was back in 2012 I think but still. They assumed I had a child based on her activity online. It is creepy to me lol
    I just remembered that I made a thread about this almost 1 year ago! But the purpose of this one is slightly different since it's asking for thoughts on internet....privacy or security (I'm not really sure), rather than experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    I just remembered that I made a thread about this almost 1 year ago! But the purpose of this one is slightly different since it's asking for thoughts on internet....privacy or security (I'm not really sure), rather than experiences.
    I remember that thread. I make sure to block everything that I can because I don't want anything being tracked on me. I change the DNS server numbers as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    I change the DNS server numbers as well.
    But do you surf the information superhighway in Incognito Mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    But do you surf the information superhighway in Incognito Mode?

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    I do not. I feel my level of paranoia will eventually have me doing that as well as using a VPN and getting off Windows altogether. lol

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    Get a Mac and always feel safe and secure. They're great for gaming too.

    Or you could learn Linux!

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    Funny you bring that up, I'm learning Linux right now for work...not so much for security reasons but more for Linux server administration. It's definitely the best choice for security and such. It's compatibility with popular programs has increased a lot in the last 5 years but it's still just sort of janky for regular use.
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