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26-02-2014, 05:35 PM
Your digital footprint and privacy
I was watching a woman this morning on tv who's got a book out about keeping your digital footprint private. I don't know diddly-squat about this lady or her book but it got me to thinking how much of what we post here, on facebook and everywhere on the internet is kept on record.

Does this bother you? It sorta bothers me but then.... it sorta doesn't bother me. I don't do facebook mostly because I don't have time to sit there for hours reading it and "liking" or "not liking" something. I've shopped on line for all kinds of things including adult "toys".

Here's the lady on the morning show.....

http://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_mornin...e-erased-/

I wonder how far this digital footprint crap is headed. Hummm.

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26-02-2014, 05:42 PM
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(26-02-2014 05:35 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  ...
I don't know diddly-squat about this lady
...

Consider
Which, I guess, demonstrates that her techniques must be working?
Yes

I think that the trick is to create an on-line persona who differs significantly from the real you.

On here, I pretend to be an intelligent, wealthy, charming, white guy who is past his prime when really, I'm a poor Latino girl from the swamps of Texas.

But if I'm doing anything dodgy, illegal or perverted, in dark corners of the interwebz, I pretend to be Chas.

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26-02-2014, 05:43 PM
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Something tells me that this would be a scary book to read. But I guess I should be worried. Like I did deactivate my facebook (because I hate it and why have it if I hate it) but it still exists. Like even if you try to control how much info you're giving out there, it's still stored there. Everything you ever said is forever stored whether you like it or not. It is also kind of a haunting feeling though that you get an ad on a website for something you searched for like days ago. Like how closely am I being followed? What worries me more to be honest is how Amazon remembers my cards. I don't like that. It scares me, especially after the Playstation Network and Steam got hacked and people lost money. I don't know if that's really that directly related to this but that's more of what gets to me.

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26-02-2014, 06:13 PM
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When it comes to your digital footprint, you should always assume that whatever you put on the web will be there indefinitely. Everything. And it's all used by someone to make money. Remember, if you're not paying for a product or service online, YOU are the actual product they are selling.

There are methods of encrypting and hiding your activity for when you're doing things that you don't want records of. (i.e. looking at porn, buying private items) However, any info you post on someone else's site will generally become their property.

Some basic methods of keeping people from skimming info from your web visits are available and pretty easy to use. For example, I use AdBlock Plus and Ghostery (tracking blocker) to block marketing data from being transmitted. It's far from perfect, but it's a basic way to keep sites from knowing everything about me.

There are some more extreme methods that do a much better job of hiding your identity. Tor is one of the more popular anonymizers on the web, but it still takes a bit of technical know how to get it working and there are things you can't do while on it. Even more extreme methods are there that can encrypt everything you do to the point that even the NSA would have to work pretty damn hard to crack. These all are very complex systems and would not be recommended for anyone that didn't posses advanced tech skills.

As for how far it will go, there really is no limit. The old saying that knowledge is power is especially true on the internet. As long as there are ways to monetize personal information through targeted marketing, the companies will do everything they can to garner as much info as possible.

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26-02-2014, 06:21 PM
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What google knows about you.


If you go into the ads settings on your google account (above link) there is a section called "interests". You can expand the list by clicking "edit" and see all the things that google thinks you like.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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26-02-2014, 06:35 PM
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(26-02-2014 06:21 PM)itsnotmeitsyou Wrote:  What google knows about you.


If you go into the ads settings on your google account (above link) there is a section called "interests". You can expand the list by clicking "edit" and see all the things that google thinks you like.

Interesting. Google is broken because it lists my interests as

Banking *******
Bicycles & Accessories *********
Computer & Video Games *********
Consumer Electronics *****
East Asian Music ************
Fashion & Style
Food & Drink
Hair Care **********
Hygiene & Toiletries ******
Make-Up & Cosmetics *
Online Video
Rap & Hip-Hop *************************************************
Social Networks
Toys *******
Vehicle Shopping ****

I put stars next to the things I have no, or very little interest in. The more stars the greater my level of disinterest. Rap and Hip hop? East Asian music? Bikes? Toys? Computer games? Google must think I am a 11 year old boy.
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26-02-2014, 07:17 PM
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(26-02-2014 06:21 PM)itsnotmeitsyou Wrote:  What google knows about you.


If you go into the ads settings on your google account (above link) there is a section called "interests". You can expand the list by clicking "edit" and see all the things that google thinks you like.



Bwahahahahahaha! They know my age and not much else!! I don't do social networking so...na-na-na na naaaaa. I like my privacy.

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26-02-2014, 07:33 PM
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I don't mind it when it's stuff I put out there and I know about it. What annoys me is companies who look up tax info and post your name and address online under those stupid search engines. It's hard to get removed from them (ask me how I know). But with some time you can remove a ton of your info from the internet.

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26-02-2014, 07:56 PM (This post was last modified: 26-02-2014 08:06 PM by Chas.)
RE: Your digital footprint and privacy
(26-02-2014 05:42 PM)DLJ Wrote:  
(26-02-2014 05:35 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  ...
I don't know diddly-squat about this lady
...

Consider
Which, I guess, demonstrates that her techniques must be working?
Yes

I think that the trick is to create an on-line persona who differs significantly from the real you.

On here, I pretend to be an intelligent, wealthy, charming, white guy who is past his prime when really, I'm a poor Latino girl from the swamps of Texas.

But if I'm doing anything dodgy, illegal or perverted, in dark corners of the interwebz, I pretend to be Chas.

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That is a nearly fool-proof plan. Thumbsup

I pretend to be one of you humans, but the lulz alone were worth the trip.

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26-02-2014, 07:57 PM
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(26-02-2014 06:35 PM)Pippen Wrote:  
(26-02-2014 06:21 PM)itsnotmeitsyou Wrote:  What google knows about you.


If you go into the ads settings on your google account (above link) there is a section called "interests". You can expand the list by clicking "edit" and see all the things that google thinks you like.

Interesting. Google is broken because it lists my interests as

Banking *******
Bicycles & Accessories *********
Computer & Video Games *********
Consumer Electronics *****
East Asian Music ************
Fashion & Style
Food & Drink
Hair Care **********
Hygiene & Toiletries ******
Make-Up & Cosmetics *
Online Video
Rap & Hip-Hop *************************************************
Social Networks
Toys *******
Vehicle Shopping ****

I put stars next to the thingGs I have no, or very little interest in. The more stars the greater my level of disinterest. Rap and Hip hop? East Asian music? Bikes? Toys? Computer games? Google must think I am a 11 year old boy.

um ya sure I'll go with google's list. Angel


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