I just listened to this really great piece on NPR. Julia Angwin was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She is now writing for an independent news organization ProPublica.
It is quite alarming how much information that is gathered about a person digitally. From how many Google searches are done in a specific time frame and from what you are purchasing on-line.
One very interesting statement that I found was that each time you land on a page on the internet, you are being tracked and also your identity is being auctioned by a data broker. Records are getting much more precise so that retailers and data brokers can then customize ads for you within seconds.
Did you know that the most used password for the past decade has been 123456. Now that is a terrible password. If you have that password, I apologies for calling you out, but it is time to change it. You will get hacked…it is only a matter of time.
Is Free Wi-Fi really free? Breaking up with Google…why? Listen to Ms. Angwin’s answer.
What is Duck, Duck, Go?
I love that Ms. Angwin uses the term “Burner Phone”. If you are a House of Cards or Wired fan, you will know what that means, but if you do not, listen to find out.
Now do I think that Mr. Angwin is a bit extreme? Yes, yes I do. Do I think we should be this extreme? No, but I do think that there are many ways that we can take better care of our digital identity. The bottom line for me is that this will only get worse and that most people will continue “Business as Usual!”
Thanks for reading and listening.