Computers are threat to one’s privacy. Why do you think so?

Philippines
October 15, 2009 11:44pm CST
The Internet is growing at a rate that outpaces any modern medium of communication. In this Information Age, we leave extensive data trails, some initially anonymous, which can be linked and viewed any person that make use of the world wide web. While the Internet serves as a tremendous resource for information, products, and services, this same technology also provides companies and individuals with the ability to collect information about Internet users and to distribute that information to others. This time, privacy of identities is revealed. For some time a consensus has been emerging that privacy interests must be protected online. Whether a legislative or self regulatory solution is appropriate is a matter of considerable debate. It is always said that it’s the duty of each individual to protect himself online. Even the authorities can’t control frauds and scams in the net, thus, damaging the morale of every person and unveiling the privacy. In my case, I don’t usually share my personal information. I usually use codes and counterfeit profile, for security sake.
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6 responses
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
once a person transacts business over the internet, he exposing himself to all forms of invasion to his privacy. You can not give bogus informations to banks to open an electronic account. Fake informations on profiles may work in socializing sites and other similar ones. There are times, when we have to provide genuine personal data and this is really taking a big risk. People can easily find you. Not that you have something to hide or is running away from something, but you are always vulnerable to all sorts of risks. Also, computers can be hacked and this too is a cause for concern. Computers, certainly is a big help in many areas but unfortunately its use has it's own necessary evil tagging along. enjoy!
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
you've got some points here. i do have bank transactions online and even in some sites where i personally use as my money porcessor. with that i need to give my real details and it's up to destiny if i 'll get caught in some frauds. as i've said it's always our duty to protect our ownselves online. just be very cautious and always log out everytime.
@AD1970 (116)
• Canada
16 Oct 09
As if it wasn't bad enough, we have stuff like facebook and twitter that share unnecessary details of our lives with friends and strangers...It is a real sad state - there is no privacy whatsoever... I use facebook only to track my friends (otherwise I think it is a load of crap)..I usually get by emailing and messaging my friends and family...
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@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
Computers and all its related technologies are invented to make our lives easier. It is this that makes it so popular to this date. But any success stories have its own bad consequences as well. As in this case, computers can be a bad tool if accessed by scrupulous persons. The only way for us not to fall on its traps are for us to be vigilance and always cautious once we logged on our computer. And you are true to say "its the duty of each individual to protect himself online". Otherwise we would end up as victims of cyber-crimes. Do not divulge any personal informations to untrusted sites as well as other people which seems friendly over the net.
16 Oct 09
When we discuss about internet, then we discuss about something, or maybe somewhere where we can not find any safe place to store our privacy. As for me, I really avoid putting my privacy up onto internet, especially when I sign in on e-mail account and so on. I also use password to cover all my documents, just making sure that I am the only one who can open it. I even heard that computer without any available internet connection was also threated by those online crime suspects. But I can't understand how that be possible.
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@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Oct 09
hi Flagella yes they are indeed so we need to learn to spot scams and ways people might latch onto info about us that is none of anyone's business. for one thing do not believe emails that say they are from your bank or from paypal or any site you use as most of these are from phishers who want your personal info to tap into your money accounts. I just deleted one that appeared from the internal revenue but was just a scam they wanted my personal information as i was they said in debt which is impossible as I have been retired for years and had no income to report. the IRS themselves told me to beware of these scams as if they had wanted to contact me it wou ld have been by phone not an email. so beware all that stuff. dont ever divulge any personal information to anyone ever.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I think they can be a threat to privacy but only if we allow it. My dad once told me to never put in writing anything that I would be upset over if even one person in the world were to read it. It made sense to me and the same policy applies to the computer. I don't put anything all that private on my computer. I don't make purchase on line and I don't have any of my personal info on here.