Who has an online access to a personal information about me? My friends and me! …and the rest of the world.
Nowadays we live our life more online, than offline. We have a number of accounts all over the Internet – on social media, forums, blogs, online communities. And our details and photos are if not on all, then on most of these accounts. The problem, however, is not that our personal information and our whole life are online. It is that we believe that we still have the control. When we don’t.
I, personally, have accounts on social media, website for blogging, websites for creative work and so on. I have made the decision to put my two names and a profile picture on all of my accounts. Other details, such as nationality, age and location – on some of them. And almost everything that I could ever put online, on my Facebook profile. Why? Because this is the only social media, that allows me to choose who sees what. And exactly this has made me believe that I have the control and have nothing to worry about. But have you ever tried to type your names in Google? I did.
It is frustrating. It is scary. I wrote my name in the Google search bar and apparently my whole online life came out. Links to all of my accounts, my photos in the ‘images’ section.. Simply everything. This made me rethink my whole activity, especially on social media. I do not feel safe anymore. And the fact that anyone at any time can access private data, which I do not want to be accessed by strangers, scares me a lot.
And the question is not how and why is our personal information all over the Internet. Because the answer is obvious. We all know that onc you put something online, it stays there forever and you lost the control. So the question is
What makes us trust the cyberspace to this extent? How exactly do they make us believe that we do have the control? ..when we don’t…