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Date: 5/6/12 2:29 PM

Today's excellent article in the New York Times on ways to safeguard your online privacy has got me thinking that I need to stop using yahoo mail and switch to another service. To give you some background, a few months ago I stopped using Google for my online searches and changed over to Duck Duck Go, a search engine that doesn't track your internet activities,and I'm very happy with the switch. I don't miss Google at all!

Anyway, I wonder whether any of you out there are using some of the "no snooping" free email providers mentioned in the article, Zoho.com or Hushmail.com. If so, what do you think of them?

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Date: 5/10/12 11:29 AM

I was really hoping for some replies to this. Isn't anyone else concerned about internet privacy?

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Date: 5/10/12 12:11 PM

I am. A short while back, I kept getting pop-ups on Google regarding their change in privacy policies. It's been a very busy time for me lately, and didn't bother to take the time to investigate further. I do intend to dig deeper and probably will end up switching. May take me a bit to remember not to go to google since I've used it since it's inception. Will be following this thread, thanks for bringing it up.

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Date: 5/10/12 12:43 PM

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I was really hoping for some replies to this. Isn't anyone else concerned about internet privacy?

Oh I am, for sure. :nodding head vigorously: I use Ixquick or Duck Duck Go for my search engine. I'm not on FB or Twitter or any other such thing. I don't have a Gmail account, either. As far as the other email-oriented suggestions in this article, they're all new to me and I'm learning about them, since having read this article. I'm glad it was posted!
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Date: 5/10/12 12:57 PM

I am extremely concerned about online privacy. I don't much care if marketers know innocuous things about me such as I like to sew. But highly personal information about my age, income level, employment status, political views, personal values, religion (or lack of it), sexual orientation, health status, and genetic profile are private matters that should not be up for sale to the highest bidder.

Although I have no problem with advertising in general, I deeply resent being targetted for a specific ad and then relentlessly bombarded with them because I once did a Google search, sent an email, or called someone on Skype and mentioned a particular word/phrase/subject matter, you name it, in passing.

We all need to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to live in in the coming decades. Do we want a world in which most people, as long as they obey the laws, can continue to live their out their private lives in relative anonymity as they have done since time began? Or do we want a world in which the moment a private misfortune or indescretion occurs, it is instantly "tatooed" on our foreheads for friends, strangers, and enemies to see?

And as small devices like iPads and iPhones multiply, the potential for abuse will grow exponentially. And it will unfortuately grow in ways we who are living in 2012 can scarcely begin to imagine.

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Date: 5/10/12 1:17 PM

Nancy2001, I agree with you entirely. Thanks for sharing that article; that was so very helpful and detailed.

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Date: 5/10/12 1:48 PM

Shanti,

I'm so glad this information was useful to you.

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Date: 5/10/12 1:58 PM

I think as long as it's public information or tax information anyone can look that up and there's not a lot I can do about that. I give most of my money to the college, kids or the grocery store. I'm not that exciting.

Anyone can listen to your cell without your permission, but they have to have a court order to tap your phone land line, so we use that for any banking or personal information.

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Date: 5/10/12 2:36 PM

Mc Donna,

When things slow down a bit, and you come up for air, you should plan to devote a couple of hours to the subject of online privacy. What you learn will open your eyes and allow you to take some preventive measures. The New York Times article is an excellent place to start. Duck Duck Go also has some good and nontechnical information on the subject of online privacy and why it should matter to you.

I used to get pop up ads all the time. Some of the ads were merely annoying, but others were highly intrusive, personal, and disturbing. It got so bad, that I sometimes avoided the computer because I didn't want to see another ad for a particular product or service. Now I almost never see a pop up ad or an ad that looks like it was specifically targeted to me.

I highly recommend Duck Duck Go and have set it as my default search engine. I've been using Duck Duck Go for a couple of months, and I don't miss Google at all. In fact, I feel a tremendous sense of relief whenever I see the little Duck because I know my searches won't end up in some giant dossier about me in the Cloud. The only thing Duck Duck Go lacks is an image search, but it provides a convenient link to Bing's image search, and that's what I use whenever I'm looking for an image.

There are other things you can do to protect your privacy. I have enrolled with Abine which has a free service calledDoNotTrackPlus. Also shut down your Facebook account -- Facebook doesn't make it easy to leave, but it can be done as long as you don't click on your old account for 14 days. Always read enough of a company's privacy policy to know how your personal information will be used. And finally realize that what some people know about you can unfortunately hurt you.

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Date: 5/10/12 3:10 PM

Unfortunately, you don't need to be "exciting" to have sensitive personal information that marketers or business providers want to get hold of. One day, you or more likely one of your children may be turned down for a job, an apartment, a car loan or a health insurance policy because of a Google search you did or an email you sent. And you will never learn the reason.

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