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10 reasons to be paranoid about privacy

InfoWorldMike (974319) writes | more than 7 years ago

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InfoWorldMike writes "The truth is out there ... and so is your data. And just because there are no virtual black helicopters following you doesn't mean somebody somewhere doesn't have a bead on who you are and what you are doing. From buttinski bosses to spies and spooks, there are plenty of reasons to be, well, a little paranoid about the vulnerability of your data and the potential loss of your privacy. To help you gauge the appropriate level of hysteria, we've rated each threat on our Paranoia Meter, using a scale of 1 (Don't worry, be happy) to 5 (Be afraid, be very afraid). Though we've taken a lighthearted approach, concerns about data privacy are not all fun and games. Here are 10 ways to practice your paranoia: Paranoia No. 1: Your boss is watching Paranoia No. 2: Google knows what you searched last summer Paranoia No. 3: There's a spook in your inbox Paranoia No. 4: Information brokers are bungling your data Paranoia No. 5: The Feds are on your tail Paranoia No. 6: Zombies abound Paranoia No. 7: Hollywood wants to terminate you Paranoia No. 8: Your ISP knows too much Paranoia No. 9: Your Wi-Fi net is wide open Paranoia No. 10: You are your own worst enemy"
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