Internet Privacy, Luxury Services for Wealthies

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    Mar 04, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    From a NYT op-ed: LAST year, I spent more than $2,200 and countless hours trying to protect my privacy.

    Some of the items I bought — a $230 service that encrypted my data in the Internet cloud; a $35 privacy filter to shield my laptop screen from coffee-shop voyeurs; and a $420 subscription to a portable Internet service to bypass untrusted connections — protect me from criminals and hackers. Other products, like a $5-a-month service that provides me with disposable email addresses and phone numbers, protect me against the legal (but, to me, unfair) mining and sale of my personal data.

    In our data-saturated economy, privacy is becoming a luxury good. After all, as the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. And currently, we aren’t paying for very much of our technology.

    Not long ago, we would have bought services as important to us as mail and news. Now, however, we get all those services for free — and we pay with our personal data, which is spliced and diced and bought and sold.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/opinion/has-privacy-become-a-luxury-good.html?hpw&rref=opinion
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    Mar 04, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    Or you could just ask your 12 y/o nephew to help.
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    Mar 04, 2014 6:52 AM GMT
    Perhaps if he wasn't looking at kiddie porn he would not need to buy all these extras...
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    Mar 04, 2014 7:19 AM GMT
    Oooo. Probably better stay away from the nephew then.
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    Mar 04, 2014 5:11 PM GMT
    the most disturbing thing i've seen is this commercial for web.com, where your business can hire them to create a Facebook page on which THEY can post positive comments and somehow sanitize (apparently illegally I guess) negative comments. wtf!

    apparently FB's new business model is just plain old fraud
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    Mar 06, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Nothing is bullet proof. Your private info can be stolen from the best services. One solution is to do it yourself by dumbfounding your info by DIS-information. Simple create multiple Internet persona, multiple email addresses, multiple names and identity. Use different browsers for different purposes.

    Pose as a female, a different ethnic, etc.