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You Say "Paranoia," Mom Says "Preparation"

My first email address was a very big milestone in my young life. Finally I was able to send my friends massive chain emails with instructions to pass the message on to 10 of their closest friends (of course including me). However, this email account did not come without its fair share of lectures. My mom sat me down and talked to me about how I shouldn't put my name in my email account-someone might search me. I was told I needed to never post where I went to school on the internet-someone might find me. And more than anything, never, under any circumstances, was I allowed to talk to strangers online-guessing what someone might do is too horrible to imagine.

Albeit overzealous, my mom wasn't entirely incorrect, it's not hard to search and/or find someone on the internet. In fact, that's the entire premise of most internet based social media. However, my mom didn't realize then that the ability to be found on the internet was going to catch up with her much faster than she could attempt to evade it.  Quinn Norton, hacked many times himself, would most likely say that my mother's attempt to outrun the internet information frenzy would be futile. He would most likely be right.

This article struck a particular chord in me. I certainly have a lot of personal information to draw from in regards to internet security, and know that writing about my experience in that subject would not prove to be too challenging. I also am very intrigued by the author's flippancy towards the subject of safety, and would enjoy delving deeper into his reasoning behind it. Overall, I am very excited to write my first essay on "Hello future Pastebin readers" by Quinn Norton.

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1 Comment

  1. Derek

    I don't know how old you were when you received your first email account, Colleen, but I think it's interesting to compare your experience (X years ago) to mine (I got my first email account in college) and to my daughter's (just a couple of years ago). I don't think Norton's advice would have applied back in the 1990s when I first went online, for instance. Although, if you dig through several pages of Google search results for my name, you can probably find some message board posts of mine about comic books I really liked back then!

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