Are people so terrified of "Big Brother" now that they think their cell phones are government issue? I'm getting more than a little irked by the increasing amount of paranoia about the internet.
Identity Theft. You've heard the horror stories. Someone bought Viagra from one of those email spam ads and then had their credit card run through the rough with charges they never made purchases for and then got herpes. Truth is I believe this to be Darwins theory at work. And before you assholes quote the Michelle Brown case, this is NOT something I'm trying to trivialize, it IS a very real crime, and yes, innocent people have had their lives ruined, I'm not talking about the innocent though. I'm talking about the stupid.
I have one or two clients that are more than a little paranoid about things. One I believe is an agoraphobic and I'm surprised she can leave her house to come harass me here because I'm to nice to tell her to fuck off. She's the type of person who was afraid of getting a cell phone because she didn't want "people to know" her friends phone numbers. Honestly; I doubt she has friends. In any event, she also believes whole heartedly in news paper psychics, astrology and "Self Help guru's!". hard to believe she has the social prowess of a dead rat eh?
Someone needs to explain to these people that you don't get more security by NOT having the internet, in fact, at any given time I can pretty much guarantee there will be at least one instance of your identity on the web. If not transmitted between phone/cable/credit card company locations, then there are a handful of sites who just record data for OTHERS to access. Sites like the ones that tell you what your graduating class is up to or some non-sense. YOUR name is there, whether or not there is any data is moot. For some people the fact that their name is there is enough to send them on a tangent of suing and C&D letters.
ID theft usually targets people who have ideal credit ratings and other things that can be abused by the thief, clearly the best course of action is to maintain a less than stellar record!
Stop paying your bills! Wait till the third notice! Only an idiot would pay their bills on time! The thief might be watching!
Bad things will happen to good people, its a fact of life. If people just took time to be cautious in what they do, they'll likely be safe. Of course there is always some asshole or "hacker" (more likely a script kiddie) wanting to cause havoc just because.
There are hundreds of security checks to protect your privacy now a days. Even more since the Michelle Brown case. Sure there will be some way that someone COULD steal your identity, but in all likelihood; no one wants to be you, open a fucking bank account and take off your tinfoil hat, oh, and you could probably use some exercise and some soap, you fucking grizzly asshole.
And this stigma that the government is watching you through Facebook and myspace? I'm sure they are… I'm also sure that there are a hundred other more ANNOYING agencies watching them. Things like Marketing agencies or demographic study organizations. These are the ones that bother me, and besides, the Government has better methods of tracking you than your Myspace profile, I'm certain they care so greatly that you've removed Justin Timberlake from your top 8 because he's sold out. Idiots.
Maybe its just my blatant lack of caring about who knows who I am online, but this all seems a little bit beyond "concern for security" to me. Stop acting like an idiot.
By the way; if you're really afraid of your ID being stolen, take precautionary measures. Don't publish your information on your social networking sites and be sure to use SECURE methods of purchasing online. Oh and keep your firewall/virus scanner/spyware checker up to date. This goes for Mac users as well. Don't think our pretension about using macs makes us immune to this shit.