said 3 months, 1 week ago:
Wow… about Path. Do you recall where you read that? And I agree… the privacy issues have gotten way out of control.
I know I just started “unlinking” all my logins and passwords… and try never to check any box that says “remember this password.” When I had rotely done this before, I wasn’t thinking about privacy issues, about how everything eventually was “hooked up” and leading back to my financial accounts… nor was I thinking of the domino effect should one bad hacker get ONE piece of info and start tracing back and linking things up.
I used to do do skip tracing assignments and one day I started thinking about how I could find most anyone… no matter where they were hiding… and it occurred to me that that very talent in the wrong hands could totally undo someone’s online financial life.
That’s when I started trying to “undo” my own linked footprint. Still trying to do that, but now that I realize that there is NO real safe password anymore, I’m wondering what the answer is. I already have a zero based financial account in which I transfer exact sums in order to pay bills, in case someone tries to steal from that account. And in just the last six months (and once yesterday), yet another thief tried to transfer funds out of it.
It’s a quandry from a consumer perspective. But from an internet business owner perspective, I’m also always stressed at the hoops I have to jump through as an online business owner, so I welcome “short form” and standards for anything that I can do in production-line fashion. I’m only one person… and can only do so much AND make a profit.
And though I can clearly see the issues from both sides, I’m selfish in just wanting it all to go away and be easy…. again… or maybe for the first time.