While most people are very wise about their privacy, teenagers seem to think that they live in a force field that will prevent nothing bad from happening to them. It’s always the OTHER person who gets
caught, gets sick, gets addicted, gets pregnant, etc. While that is enough of an issue to deal in itself, they take this same carefree attitude when it comes to posting their crazy whims online. What may be popular to a small circle of friends and every like-minded kook who combs through social-media profiles, looking for something juicy to gossip about, will not be so popular when you’re out of high school and starting a real life.
Since every computer is issued an “Internet Protocol” address (IP address, which is reflected numerically, e.g. 188.8.131.52), wherever you go a digital trail is recorded. Not only is the trail recorded, what you looked at, searched for and clicked on is also captured. Imagine what a company could do with this information? What could the government do? What could a child molester or rapist do? The implications are staggering! But, what choice do we have if we need to use the Internet? You can’t crawl back to the Stone Age! Read on and learn how you can protect yourself and your privacy.
People are tired of being sold! Much technology is about removing advertising and commercials. Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Netflix, MP3 players, pop-up blockers – even programmers give away their software (freeware or shareware) with ads embedded, knowing people are so fed up that many will pay for the ad-free version. So if the social-sphere gets a whiff that you’re there to sell them, you will be branded a pariah. It’s about them and not you. You are there to help by providing a solution to a problem with useful information. It’s the old Zig Ziglar approach: “If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.”