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Last modified: Tue, Nov 5, 2019

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Does privacy matter?

Yes, privacy matters for some reasons, but how much should we care?

What is the most important thing about privacy

The most important thing about online privacy is probably security. The problem is that it often hurts convenience. It is often just not worth it and you can’t always fight against it.

Cloudflare for example, is hard to fight against. I don’t think that it is worth it. I used to care a ton about privacy, until I started thinking about why.

Just make it harder for the attackers, but not too hard. There are enough people who are less secure as you. Attackers will pick those victims unless you are a very important person.

You can’t fight against everything without missing out on important things. Phones save every move you make. Websearch “Snowden phones” if you don’t believe me. Google and other big companies also play with your personal data.

Fighting against that takes away a lot of your convenience. You might be more productive without caring about all those things. I think that you should often pick productivity over security.

This does not mean that is ethical to take away the privacy of others. I find that a nasty and unjust move.

I do recommend things like password databases, just because it makes your life even more convenient and more secure. It is worth it. It is ok to choose security sometimes, but don’t let it ruin your life.

It is not bad to know how you can protect yourself, but also ask yourself of it is worth it. Security and privacy matters, but so does convenience and productivity.

One basic rule is think before you post something on the internet. This alone, can help you a lot. People can use your data against you.

Conclusion

Choose how far you are willing to go, but don’t become too obsessed with it. Security and privacy matters, but so does convenience and productivity.

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