… doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Yeah, I always laughed at that too. But …
A couple of things I’ve run into on the web related to privacy: In a round-about way, I ran into a post titled How to Protect Yourself from the People Who Want to Find You. This does not refer to an article Slashdot referred to a couple of days ago, What the Web Knows About You (there’ll be an advert at the start; you may want to see the synopsis at Slashdot). The basic idea is that you’d be amazed how much can be found out about you, between what you put there yourself and what government agencies and companies have there.
It’s actually, well, unsettling, in a way. Especially if one has been on the Internet in some way for, say, 14 or 15 years now. It’s not that I’m worried that someone will discover, for example, that I think I’m a werewolf on a planet with three suns. No, my concerns are much more mundane than that. At the moment, I’m hoping that no one who shouldn’t know where I live cares to discover my street address or work address. But it’s clearly possible to do so.
Not meaning to incite panic. It just is, um, interesting.