Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.

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Home Alarm Systems or CCTV?

We see it on basic cable, the very sensational “caught-on-cam” violation against property and safety. It is played in slow-motion over and over and ranked from bad to worst.

On the back of my head I say “This is a very good ad for Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system”.  And indeed, CCTV sales are on the rise up to 40% in the last few years, depending on where you live.

Passive witness
The thing about CCTVs that makes it an incomplete security system is that it only serves as a passive witness to the crime.  If one does not have the resources to have actual guards monitoring the system to stop the crime as it happens, you only have a documented evidence of the crime.  The evil deed is done.  That’s a bad oversight.

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