Safer Internet: Introduction


The "Problem"

  • The Internet's initial design did not foresee today's privacy and security problems.
  • Instead, the Internet has evolved like patchwork over the past 45+ years.
  • cat identityHuman nature has not evolved much over the millenia.
  • Users can be gullible; governments, spies and criminals are attracted to ever more sensitive data and weak safeguards.
  • More people & devices are connected to the Internet, for many more uses, from more locations.
  • With inexpensive online storage, data tends to accumulate.
  • personal dataTotal online privacy is basically impossible, but also probably not what you want.
  • Ordinary people with ordinary needs can still avoid the biggest privacy and security threats.
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