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    While i understand the theory behind why I wouldn't want somebody looking into every search I do on my computer, I can honestly say that with years of using Google, social media and such I haven't had any bad experiences stemming from an internet search.

    Some people say it's wrong that somebody can look you up on Facebook and get your info. On the other hand, they can look you up via a phone number lookup and find out where you live too. They can see what you have rented at the video store, they can see what you have signed out at the library, etc.

    I find I simply don't have enough anxiety cycles to worry about all of the things which could happen, I have to focus mainly on the ones which are happening.

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    The idea is to stop rifling through your personal computer, emails, local seaches, what you have installed and what you are doing on your personal computer.

    What you do on a website/forum is outside of that. If I go outside my personal computer and visit a gardening site, google will pick that up. Next time I venture out, they will fire ads at me about compost and garden shears.

    That is one thing.

    I don't want them going through the contents of my pc or my emails to find out about my gardening interests, or my hemmorrhoids, or my drawer of frilly knickers.

    Why is that difficult to grasp?
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  3. #33


    It's not difficult to grasp at all, that is why I started out by saying, "I understand the theory why people are concerned". But since we both have a drawer full of frilly knickers, it might be nice to get the inside scoop on a new pair that we might not already have in our collection. Gotta hunt for those positives.
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  4. #34


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    I know you get it pp. It was more general post.

    Curious why you are using gmail, though.

    More curious what Jeff Ubben has in mind for MS. His arrival propped up the share price somewhat.
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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    It's not difficult to grasp at all, that is why I started out by saying, "I understand the theory why people are concerned". But since we both have a drawer full of frilly knickers, it might be nice to get the inside scoop on a new pair that we might not already have in our collection. Gotta hunt for those positives.
    Why would I not use Gmail? I've actually got a domain registered with a Google docs account. My wife and I run some shared gmail calendars which are practically life savers for us. Gmail uptime and availability has been top notch. And I have had android phones, as does my wife now.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    While i understand the theory behind why I wouldn't want somebody looking into every search I do on my computer, I can honestly say that with years of using Google, social media and such I haven't had any bad experiences stemming from an internet search.

    Some people say it's wrong that somebody can look you up on Facebook and get your info. On the other hand, they can look you up via a phone number lookup and find out where you live too. They can see what you have rented at the video store, they can see what you have signed out at the library, etc.

    I find I simply don't have enough anxiety cycles to worry about all of the things which could happen, I have to focus mainly on the ones which are happening.
    Hi there
    Even using things under "The Freedom of Information Act(s)" people can gather all sorts of information which BY LAW the person / company being requested for information MUST comply with (unless it also contravenes the various data protection acts).

    For instance I could (from anywhere in the world) simply request to say a nasty immoral Debt Collection Agency "How many times have you sent a letter to XXXX". They MUST reply.

    I think the Internet should be the LEAST of your worries -- the Freedom of Information Act(s) were a good idea in principle but the possibilities for misuse by all sorts of people is really quite frightening and IMO could be far more dangerous.

    As someone in a great movie once said "Be Very Careful what you ask for".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    @crozng,
    ...
    3. If you visit a site/ forum, you are going outside your personal computer. You know they are often ad supported. You can block them if it bothers you.
    Ads don't bother me, tracking does...

    You probably don't want the contents of your personal computer examined. You probably don't want information about your local searches, or what you are running , or what you have installed sent to a brand protection agency, or anybody else. There is a big difference.
    I don't and you would know how that MS does that in its current Windows 8.1 version? Please don't quote Dado...
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  8. #38


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    Some serious paranoia up in hurrah!
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  9. #39


    New Zealand
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMINENT View Post
    Some serious paranoia up in hurrah!
    So I take it you don't follow international current affairs and haven't heard of Prism etc
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  10. #40


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    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    I don't mind installing 8.1 with Microsoft Account as this is a preview and I understand the reason for it (may be to gather some information ) but definitely not going to install the final 8.1 if I have to log in with Microsoft account.
    Windows 8.1 review - Still stupendously stupid

    Part of article explains how to get yourself a nice local account and get rid of the Microsoft account one.
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