More and more the Internets can turn into a nightmare. Granted, it’s like being hit by a car. For the most part, everybody goes online and it’s just fine, you get to see happy cat videos. But if you get your identity stolen or your bank accounts drained (while your circumstances are rare) it’s an absolute nightmare that can temporarily ruin your life.
I’ve personally known folks who had their data ripped which resulted in ruined bank accounts, they couldn’t use a credit card, buy a car, do their taxes, etc, etc, etc. It’s a nightmare folks. You could see the daily stress on their faces.
When the Washington Post isn’t busy shaming itself and mortgaging its remaining credibility by banging on the incessant defeat Trump at any cost bandwagon (regardless of impartiality or honor) they still do some no kidding real hardcore journalism.
I don’t normally do this here, but you dear blog reader need to read everything that Geoffrey A. Fowler writes for the Post. He knows the Internets, he knows how to get into the face of questionable Internets companies, and he knows privacy values. You can find his latest piece on browser extensions here. I don’t use browser extensions for these very reasons, but apparently millions of people do. If you personally do, stop, please get away while you can.
Be sure to click on his author name too and read some of his other Post pieces. You can then indulge in the true mess of the Internets where you (the customer) are basically just a doomed farm animal as bad people make money off of spying on you without your knowledge or consent.
There might be a reckoning, eventually, for all of this. I say might because asking Congress to accomplish anything useful is like asking a rabid panther to walk your dog safely. But there might be movement, witness Facebook’s disastrous introduction of its evil Bond villain digital currency recently.
But, until then, it’s truly the Wild West out there folks. You can’t arm yourself with a revolver, so you’ve got to do it with knowledge. Learn. Protect yourself. Beware the Internets.