Retain Your Privacy Online
Social media companies often accidently overshare
Your personal life is your business. The more others can look into it, the more gossip will float around. Nobody likes to admit that they gossip, but social media is an open window into personal lives. We see, we discuss – it’s very natural for us to talk about things we see – especially if it involves our friends and associates. This has been a growing concern and social media companies are slowly testing the waters, seeing if people would like to restrict certain future posts to an inner circle of actual friends, instead of thousands of online “friends.”
People are pushing back against social media’s claim of protecting privacy. It’s strange that the same companies that urge users to share everything publicly through their catchy advertisements are also claiming to be champions of privacy. Private and public are two different things, and these companies are prone to leaking personal information.
Data breaches seem to be a daily occurrence for these million-dollar companies and most governments don’t do, well, anything really to punish these companies for cutting corners. Unfortunately, users don’t have much of a choice when it comes to what services they can pick and use – most tech companies are owned or acquired by Facebook, Apple, Google, and other giants, ultimately creating several monopolies.
Multiple companies are spilling personal information all over the place. Wiperts exists to deal with this problem. When this information is spilled, it goes onto different websites. Google has its own way of dealing with search results, as do many other hosting websites. Instead of going after these websites by yourself, you should hire Wiperts to do the heavy lifting for you. Each individual website involves a lengthy process in order for you to get results. Sometimes it takes multiple requests and many hours to successfully remove personal information from just one website. Wiperts goes through the trouble for you, saving you time and money.
Better to share less often
Have you ever stopped sharing things on social media and focused on the things in front of you? The likes you receive are far shorter lasting than the lifelong memories you can create in the moment. When it comes down to it, most people don’t look through their past posts and tally up their likes. The human mind remembers what it chooses to remember for a reason. Not every snapshot needs to be saved for eternity. Good memories usually start with, “Remember that one time we…,” and then end with laughs and smiles.
Sure, there are plenty of fun and funny things that happen online, but humans tend to remember face to face interactions far better than digital interactions. The internet is a relatively new invention after all, so it’s not surprising that digital memories aren’t what leave a lasting impression on our hearts and minds.
Removing your personal information from the internet can range from anonymous accounts to deeply personal accounts. If it was really worth saving, you would’ve saved it on your hard drive/cloud storage already, or even gone so far as taking it to be printed. You can tell Wiperts what you want removed from Google , and what you want to keep. You don’t have to start from scratch, but removing embarrassing public posts is a good idea at the very least.
Keep your friends close
Close friends are good friends. Friends still ask friends what mutual acquaintances are up to in this day and age. Sure, you can check Facebook and wordlessly scroll through a digital wall without any human warmth – or you can share some drink and food while talking. People who really care about you will reach out to you. You can talk to them on Facebook or your social media site of choice, but why let thousands of people wordlessly peek at your personal life?
Everyone has the right to control their online profiles and privacy. Choosing to tighten your circle of friends while keeping an open mind to new friends isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea. You can always create another account and only add your real friends to it. Facebook frowns on this, but Facebook is a corporation, not your mother. You can choose how you want to live your life online. Don’t let these online companies take advantage of your personal information. The more people voice their privacy concerns, the more steps social media will take to actually protect our privacy.
Think about how many social media ads you’ve seen and the reasons why you began to share things publicly instead of just your friends. Also think about when adding friends became a numbers game, instead of actually genuinely networking with new people. There was a time when social media was actually social. Wiperts deeply cares about your privacy. You should care too.