The unchecked march of the privacy-invading social media monster continues.
Steve Huffman, CEO of the popular social news site Reddit, has created some controversy with his cryptic and seemingly-offhanded response to a question posed by interviewer Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten during a public sit-down at the recent The Next Web conference in Amsterdam. The Next Web conferences are annual forums held in both the U.S. and Europe that bring together some of the most relevant minds in the fields of technology and technology entrepreneurism.
During the interview, Van Zanten asked about the monetization of Reddit, and, as a part of his response, Huffman said the following:
“We know all of your interests. Not only just your interests you are willing to declare publicly on Facebook – we know your dark secrets, we know everything…”
You can see what Huffman said…and how he said it…for yourself. Was he kidding? Maybe…but the problem is that we now know, all too well, how invasive web platforms like Reddit can be when it comes to their goal of separating us from our hard-earned money. Accordingly, while it is possible that he was trying to be darkly funny “in the moment,” it is difficult to be sure that he was not also, simultaneously, being 100 percent serious.
For me, it is just one more reminder how important it is to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to Internet privacy. As far as I’m concerned, we’re being told, right to our faces, that if we use the Internet without any kind of genuinely useful protection, we’re handing over not just what we know to be transmitting on websites, but, in addition, a lot of information that we think is safeguarded…but that is nevertheless exposed.
If you want to protect yourself, you have to do more than nothing, which is what most people supposedly concerned about this issue end up doing. The answer is to arm yourself with actionable knowledge, and one of the most convenient ways I know to do that is by picking up a copy of the very comprehensive Patriot Privacy Kit ebook.
The Patriot Privacy Kit provides a ton of useful information on how to stay safe online, including how to secure your computer hardware and software platforms, how to be a good steward of your all-important passwords, how to use email more securely…even how to surf the web anonymously. This ebook also looks at what you need to know to be safe as a regular user of social media, including the ubiquitous Facebook, and also includes great information on how to secure your sensitive information offline (even in this “Internet age,” most ID theft still takes place that way, from the compromise of documents in a physical form). Something else - The Patriot Privacy Kit comes with a fantastic money-back guarantee, which means you can read and use the information through and through…and if you’re still not satisfied, you can get all of your money back, with no fuss. If you want to learn more about The Patriot Privacy Kit, Click Here.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large