Privately pooping

I have a strange opinion on Internet privacy concerns that are plaguing Facebook and other social networks these days. Maybe I’m missing something? 1. If I do NOT want online entities to capture data about what I do while on their site, well, maybe I shouldn’t be on their site.  Example (fictional, explicit for good reason): I go to and I search for lubricant. The site should NOT record the fact that I’m baking an apple pie at the same time, and once the pie is done, I probably will not need their products!  (If you’ve never seen American Pie, shame on you)  Trust me, they will NOT be able to figure out that you are baking a pie (unless you tell them).  They will, however, record the fact that you searched for lubricant and those other unmentionables, but hey, that’s called knowing your customer. 2. If I do NOT want my historical information archived even though I thought I deleted it then maybe, just MAYBE, I should not have posted the information in the first place. Face the facts people…forensics is real, it’s 1s and 0s and short of degaussing a lot of drives, it will probably be found!
3. If I do NOT want my lover (I'm still single ladies, see last most common password of 2011) to hack into my Facebook or email, remember the top 25 used passwords of 2011 (oddly enough 'god' and 'sex' have finally fallen off the list, guess it’s safe to use them now):
  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • 1234567
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • 111111
  • iloveyou
  • master
  • sunshine
  • ashley
  • bailey
  • passw0rd
  • shadow
  • 123123
  • 654321
  • superman
  • qazwsx
  • michael
  • mowracerissupersexyandiwanttotakehimouttodinner (actually, #25 was football)
4. If you want to hack my shit, my password to everything is ytrewq, just please don’t overdraft my checking account!
5. Do your research. You found the perfect widget you’ve always wanted on, you always order from, so it should be OK, right? Pay attention. What appears to be the same is not always the same which leads to... 6. Would you walk into a dark alley in a bad part of town alone? I didn’t think so. 7. That email you just received that says your bank has made an error, please log in to correct the mistake and get a credit to your account for $3,000, yeah, it’s not real. DONT freaking click the link.
8. Viral Facebook video posts of some teenage daughter exposed or something similar. Again, why did you click the link? 9. Stay away from RedTube, really, S_T_A_Y    A_W_A_Y!
10.  It probably took one person with a strong voice to say “Hey, it’s Facebook that violated my privacy” even though they were the one that spread themselves wide open all over the internet and were acting, well, I’ll be nice, generally stupid! And now, since the FTC cannot solve global warming or the financial meltdown, they have shifted focus to blaming the ones that have opened up the social networking floodgates and given us the ability to connect to people in far away magical mysterious worlds that would otherwise be inaccessible. It’s what you expose that violates privacy, not the social networks!

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