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Last modified: Sat, Apr 4, 2020

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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 the time it takes. You almost have to use unethical things like Cloudflare, so many things depend on it.

It feels like online privacy does not exist. Keep in mind that security does exist. You don’t want to give your passwords to attackers.

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.

Seek balance

Make hard for the attackers, but not too hard. Not too hard still means that your security should be better than average.

There are enough people who are less secure as you. Attackers will pick those victims unless you are a very important person.

Fighting for privacy often 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 respect people who fight for privacy and I believe that everyone needs privacy.

It is just sad that so many things are being controlled. I hope that GNUnet fixes some of the damage that has been done to the internet.

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.


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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