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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?
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.