Many times our mouth fills talking about, how to keep your data safe, how to do so that X or Y app / company does not spy on you and does not know anything about you but, in reality, all this is a myth . Privacy, defined as the “Inner or deep part of a person’s life, which includes their feelings, family life or friendship relationships” , it does not exist on the Internet. And it does not exist because it can not exist, but because we ourselves have wished that there is no . Privacy in the network, in social apps and in the world 2.0 does not exist, and I’ll explain why.
First you must understand one thing, and that is that at the moment you A product is free, the product is you . Not you as such, but your profile. Online advertising is the business of the 21st century , and for this to work you must have access to a huge amount of data that we, the users, give to the companies completely free of charge in exchange for nothing , in exchange for letting us upload our photos to your platform to share them with our friends and, with bad luck, with the rest of the world.
We are not going to enter into cookies, data analysis and information crossing because that is a subject that we already know – if you do not know it, here is a-. Let’s talk about how it affects you, as a user , that social networks have no limits and that they are not half as private as they claim to be. The really interesting thing is that it’s you (understanding “you” as “all the users of the network”) that He has decided that it should be so.
I will use Instagram because it is the most suitable social network to exemplify what I want to say, but you can apply it to as many apps and services as you want.
My private account with 800 followers
As usual, the average user feels safe having a candadito next to his profile which indicates that the account is private. Here are two topics: 1) If your account is private so that “only your friends see you”, How is it that you have 600-700 followers in it? So many friends? Can you tell me the name of all the people who follow you? 2) How do you know that those people who follow you are not going to play? Do you know what they do when they see something of yours? Can you control it? It is enough for one of these people to play it so that your life can become hell.
When a person is recorded or a photo is taken to upload it to Instagram Stories, you can be sure that nobody looks at him and he is alone with his cell phone . You are safe, at home, and your account is private. Upload the photo and see your friends, but beyond knowing who has seen the photo by sliding up, do not know if someone has captured the image and, much less, what will he do with it. You can pass it by groups of friends, you can make a false profile with that photo and slander yourself, or worse, you can even traffic with it.
There are apps like Snapchat that warn you that they have made a screenshot, but then what? Also, circumventing this mechanism is as simple as taking a picture with a camera or other mobile to the screen.
Where do you get what you go up?
Just a Google search to reach certain websites with private chat rooms to which you can only access with a password -I will not say the name, obviously-. In these rooms there are groups of all kinds, from car aficionados to comic book piracy, passing, of course, through private photo and video exchange groups. These groups are based on user collaboration, which upload photos, usually of girls -I do not know if there are boys- in exchange for the other users upload photos of other girls . The file names have the nomenclature of the images downloaded from Facebook or the videos sent by WhatsApp . Some of the clips are live recordings on Instagram or, directly, screenshots of user profiles .
In these chat rooms, getting access to the private account of a well-known girl becomes a currency that can be used to get more photos of other people.
It sounds gloomy, right? Well, it is a reality that exists and that is there . We have accepted it and the worst is that we do not care. We have preferred to sell our privacy, our intimate life, that “we do not want anyone to see” in exchange for likes, comments, followers and smoke , definitely. If someday that social network in which you have so many followers decides to close, everything you had in it will not be worth anything. You will have exposed your private life in exchange for zero.
A known example is that of Angie Varona This girl, at age 14, shared intimate photos with her boyfriend through Photobucket. All great, until one day they hacked the account and all of her photos in lingerie and underwear came to light . It has been the most searched name in Google for 10 years, he had to change schools several times because he was bullied, he went through depression and drugs, and even had suicidal thoughts. All for exposing your privacy and feeling safe on the Internet . This was in 2007, imagine what would happen now, in 2018, if this were to happen to a person like you.
For sure you feel on Instagram, however private your account is, however much you want, always, always, always, there will be ways to violate your privacy and expose yourself to the public domain. And believe me when I tell you that, once you enter the Internet, it is impossible to leave it. You will never know who has your photos stored on a pendrive , who has posed as you, who has seen this wonderful picture that you like so much. Never.
Now that summer is here and it’s a date given to share party photos, on the beach, etc., take care to upload something you do not want to be made public or that you see an unwanted third party. It may sound terrifying, and some may say that they are “isolated cases”, but an isolated case stops being so when you live it in your flesh. Be careful what you do on the Internet, what you upload and what you show, and of course, never trust the good work of the 600 followers of your Instagram private account.