Fandango Provocative Question # 95

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FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

There are estimates that there is nearly 25 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the globe today.

Your smart watch, your smartphone, your ISP, your laptop, your car, your TV, your bank, your insurance companies, your home’s thermostat, maybe your refrigerator, your washer/dryer, and even your doctor, can all be collecting, storing, and sharing your personal information. So can Alexa, Siri, Apple Home, Google Hub, and your Nest or Ring doorbells.But what does this mean for your personal privacy when all of this data about who you are and almost everything you do is out there being stored and maybe being shared in cyberspace? Just how secure is all of this data about each and everyone of us that is routinely being collected and analyzed?

This leads to today’s provocative question, which is essentially about the trade-offs between privacy and security. There are those who argue that you can have security without privacy, but you can’t have privacy without security.

So the question is…

Which is more important to you, privacy or security? How much privacy are you willing to give up for security?

My response;

While I agree that privacy and security are both very important, especially nowadays, we are unfortunately living in a world where there has to be a compromise.

If we want the convenience of online shopping, we have to surrender a little of our privacy by giving our credit card information on the website. The important thing here is to be careful where and to whom we are giving this info. There are trusted websites where we feel secure and are less reluctant to divulge our financial information.

Then there is social media, where people not only share their personal information but opinions too. This can and has become a big risk. The information collected from Facebook has been used to influence people in the 2016 US elections.

I do online shopping and have used my cards on a few trusted sites. But on Facebook or for that matter, WordPress, I have not given my true name or details.

It is not much but I do try to protect my privacy and keep my information secure.




13 thoughts on “Fandango Provocative Question # 95

  1. Excellent way to go about it! I use a third party payer whenever possible if I’m buying something on-line. I don’t like sharing my bank information at all. In fact, yesterday I got a really strange email from my bank, which I suspect is a hoax. I emailed the appropriate people at my bank and asked if the original email were from them. I haven’t heard a word, so I’m going to spam that. It’s tough to be secure in today’s world, and one must remain vigilant.

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    1. Thanks Melanie. I also get strange emails from a lot of sources which appear authentic but if you click on the sender’s name it reveals an unknown address. I spam these emails and report them too. I find that Gmail is more secure that Hotmail, where I get spam messages daily.


  2. Like Melanie, I use a 3rd party for a lot of things. Amazon has everything on us anyway, so🤷🏼‍♀️ there’s no point.
    Our governments are watching us. The tech we *know* about is years behind what they have. Military & CIA, FBI, DHS… they all get the new stuff.
    It’s good to be careful, just in general , but it’s gotten beyond our control now. Especially since 9-11

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