The ultimate simple guide to Internet privacy

People are making a big fuss about privacy and how companies are invading it. Without further delay, here is my all-encompassing guide to Internet privacy.

  1. Think about what you're going to post.
  2. If you can concoct any situation in your mind where it would be bad for any one specific person to see it (e.g., your boss, your parents or even the person you're making fun of,) either now or for the foreseeable future, then do not post it on the Internet.
Your mother probably said something along the lines of "If you don't want it on the front page of the newspaper, then don't do it!" She was on to something, you know.

Also, if you're using someone else's bandwidth, server resources and infrastructure for free, then the service they provide to you is not their product. Their product is the data you willingly give them, which they're more than happy to monetize in any number of ways.

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