With recent reports and revelations about Orwelian style government monitoring of law abiding citizens, it’s no wonder people are increasingly concerned about privacy, or what is left of it. Companies like Google and Facebook offer their services for free, while the real cost is that everything you type, everything you do and everything you search while using their services is being recorded, and yes, to be used against you or for profit. The users and consumers are the fools in the game, and corporations controlling the search engine and social media are laughing all the way to bank.
The most recent reports from Wikileaks clearly show that almost nothing is private. The CIA and FBI and NSA and other agencies are monitoring and collecting your private information, without due process or regard to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
International private investigators have known for years that privacy and security are directly connected. Those who do not protect their privacy are at an increased risk for scams, fraud, identity theft, assault, robbery, harassment and worse crime. Publishing your every move online, i.e. “sharing”, is risky. Posting that you’re on vacation? Criminals find and view your home on Google Maps. Even Paris Hilton had her home robbed by amateurs who used Google Maps to case the property.
Vice President and COO of Wymoo®, David Wilkerson, said that the number of crime and scam victims who are targeted on social media continues to rise exponentially. “It is an increasingly common threat, and every day we see more and more victims who contact us asking for help,” Wilkerson said. Investigators and privacy advocates agree if you are on social media, you are potentially at risk. The more information you publish online, the more you and your family is at risk of being targeted, meaning that a government agency, individual or criminal may use this information against you. The more public and media records there are, the higher your risk.
Facebook scams are possibly the fastest growing segment of crime on the internet. Remember to turn off your location services, check your privacy settings and as much as possible, share less!
With all the loss of privacy, government surveillance, and collection of your information by companies like Facebook and Google, how can you stay safe? First, investigators recommend using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) such as Private Internet Access to keep your search history private. Also, take the step to search the internet in a secure and private manner using a private and ad free search engine like DuckDuckGo. DDG has been growing in market share as more users decide they are not comfortable with Google recording your every search and move. The private search engine does not track, record or store your search history and therefore cannot be provided to the government or end up in the wrong hands, because DDG itself does not possess the information.
Google has amassed huge amounts of information about its users that extends beyond the phrases they are searching to include their locations and even the other sites they visit. Everything you’ve EVER searched for is recorded and in a file, somewhere, being used to make them money. It may have been shared or accessed by the government. In the future, it could end up in worse hands or become public! By using a VPN and private search engine, you can get some of your freedom back. Learn how to keep the government out of your business and start taking your privacy back.
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