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On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM, sunjester <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> No I am not confusing the two. People want to separate them but fail to
> notice they are both one in the same when you are "surfing the web". Being
> secluded from danger (behind a firewall) or being hidden from the view
> others (behind a firewall) sounds to similar for me to separate the two.
> Your security is your privacy, and yes your privacy is your security. You
> give them both up when viewing anything online, it's the price you should
> have to pay to keep the the internet "safe" for casual users.
First of all, "security" is a myth. One can presume they're "secure" (or secluded) from danger sitting behind a firewall, but to do so is just foolish.
Second, how exactly does a firewall prevent (google|msn|twitter|facebook|take-your-pick) from archiving vital information, such as: search query history, financial information, surfing habits, buying habits, relationships, hobbies, interests, etc? With that amount of data, how can you (or anyone) believe the integrity of your privacy is uncompromised just because you're, "(behind a firewall)"?
Finally, uuh - no... My security is my security, and my privacy is my privacy. I do not "give up" either of them when viewing anything online. I do, however, put them at risk.
And who are you tell me I should give up my privacy/security when surfing the Internet because I owe something to the "casual" user[s]? Casual users are typically the ones ruining the experience for the rest of us, and I don't owe anyone of them sh-t. You really believe everyone using the Internet should forfeit their privacy and security because they owe you something? That's "the price YOU" might pay, but not everyone would agree, firewall or not.