Do I use the Internet too much?

--Originally published at Site Title 2

The Internet is something I’ve used for a long time, but very rarely do I think about how to properly use it. During the course of today’s talk, I remembered a lot of the stuff I sometimes knowingly ignore about my digital presence. While I do take my privacy very seriously for some activities, I admit I’m overly confident for others. Still, I probably can’t be perfectly secure if I want to enjoy the web.

To start, here’s an example of me not being responsible. One morning I woke up to an email telling me that my account had been accessed by some person in Asia (don’t really remember the country). Being very responsible, I quickly changed my password and for a while felt safe. This being the first time something like this happened to me, it didn’t take much longer for me to set up two factor authentication for the account. Since then, I can say I haven’t really worried about my privacy much.

That changed today, after hearing Dave Cormier´s talk. Even though (I think) I correctly protected the compromised account, I didn’t think about how other accounts may be affected. Off the top of my head, I can list a few of my accounts that still use my “old password” which would be pretty easy to find for whatever it is that had my password.

It’s very easy to make mistakes when browsing the web and, as discussed today, a lot of the times these mistakes can be permanent. To end today’s blog, I’ll just echo one of the ideas thrown around today, that being completely off the Internet is very hard, and even harder if you want to actually enjoy it.