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Privacy Requires Paranoia

Jon-Louis Heimerl, Director of SaaS Development for Solutionary: "It's more like privacy is in the intensive care unit. People once said that on the Internet, no one knows you're a dog. Social media not only lets everyone know you're a dog, but that you're a Collie who likes to untie shoelaces, eats Purina, and runs in the park.

"Social media is the communication vehicle of choice for today's generation. With social media, privacy takes discipline. People have Facebook and Twitter on their handhelds and the flow of information is constant. People can share only what they want other people to see, but often don't realize they leave tracks everywhere they go online. Cookies and Web sites gather IP information and monitor habits. Realistically, if you don't want people to know what you are doing online, you shouldn't do it.

"Part of the problem is that there are plenty of ways someone can get your information, and you have little control. You share information with your bank, doctor, Internet provider, merchants, etc. Your information is everywhere, and it can end up online at any time.

"You can have some privacy if you want, but it takes constant vigilance, and a healthy dose of paranoia."

BentleyIs privacy dead or alive? Privacy advocates say it shouldn't be and that we need to be more careful about what we share and don't share online. Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and others in similar positions say no one wants privacy anymore. And then there are those who stand to make a buck by convincing us that privacy is teetering on the edge of extinction, but their software or their service can help us keep our privacy alive.

Our Lora Bentley decided to throw the question out there to see if anyone else had a different idea. So in a completely unscientific poll of roughly 20 folks who responded to an e-mail, Lora found six who say privacy is alive and three who think it is dead beyond any hope of revival. The more interesting responses came from those who fell somewhere in the middle. Some offer tips for consumers who want to keep their private lives private, others point to what various businesses offer to help do the same. They agree that regulation plays a part, but essentially, they say online privacy is what you make it. You have to decide what you're comfortable disclosing and then do the work required to protect the rest of it.


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