How to Regain Internet Privacy
In the internet age, society has learned to adapt to the concept of having no privacy. They’ve accepted their lack of privacy without so much as putting up a valid fight against it. People assume that they absolutely must be on social media to feel validated. They also feel that the only way to regain privacy in your life is to take the drastic measure of removing yourself from the internet. What if I tell you that there is a way to regain internet privacy and maintain it for the rest of your life without having to lose your social media outlets? What if I tell you that with time, patience, and just the right amount of common sense, self-respect, and confidence, you can keep yourself employable and keep your private life private. This article will attempt to solve all these problems to help you on your solitary pathway known as life. So, without further ado, let’s try to start this article by using something I refer to as the CSC Approach. It would be best to introduce the CSC approach because it can help you in almost every area of life.
The CSC Approach
To begin this article, let’s explain the CSC Method of taking the right steps to maintaining internet privacy & just about anything else you wish to approach in life. This is NOT a guaranteed. fool proof method that will work for every individual situation, but it WILL guarantee that you change your outlook on any situation. It will also serve as a blueprint or starting point on how you approach any obstacle in your social and professional life. So. let’s get started on what the CSC Method is since we’ve already gotten the disclaimer out of the way.
The CSC Approach is based on three important steps. The first is Common Sense. The Second is Self-Respect, and finally we have Confidence. You MUST perform the CSC approach to problem solving in that order. While the different areas of CSC do overlap, they still MUST go in this order. Common Sense, Self-Respect, then Confidence. I’ll show you a web on how they can overlap one another while still maintaining that specific order of operations.
The way to use the CSC Method is to be able to use these three parts in order, but also be aware of moments where the need may arise to use the other steps in conjunction with the step you are applying. For example, if you get to the self-respect portion of CSC, you may have to apply common sense at the same time at any given moment. If you finally get to the point of confidence, you may have to apply common sense and self-respect to maintain the confidence you gained. Now that this is established, remember that I am the person who invented and coined this method. It’s also completely free, so if anyone charges you using my method, they are stealing my idea to screw you out of money and you need to let me know so that I may sue them until they are unemployable. That said, let’s move on to the first step in the CSC Method in keeping your internet private life as private as possible.
Common Sense & Internet Privacy
As far as internet privacy goes, common sense should be the first thing you need to apply in every situation regarding the internet. The internet, when you really think about it enough, is a tool in which anyone with access to it across the world can see whatever it is you post and judge you based upon your actions. People on social media are more likely to judge you on the content of your character than they are in real life because, much like a court of law, anything you say can and will be used against you on the internet. Employers now could look your name up on social media, and based solely on what you’re putting on your social media, will judge you accordingly. The first step to regaining and maintaining your privacy requires sacrifice.
It won’t be difficult to give up on social media if you really don’t care what people think of you. The problem is, if you want to appear normal and remain capable of employment, you must maintain a social media outlet, or a few. If you have a Facebook and a LinkedIn profile, for example, that is the basic requirement to appear normal in the eyes of employers. You technically don’t need an Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, Skype, Snapchat, or any of the other various forms of social medial. A Facebook is only necessary to keep in touch with friends, family, and any other social networks you keep in touch with. A LinkedIn is what employers want to see as far as social media goes. So, if you have common sense, you will likely put your employment history, strengths, weaknesses, and all other career related information on that site. As far as LinkedIn is concerned, you are there to make yourself look professional and nothing else. You don’t volunteer information on that site that isn’t necessary and you leave the site alone afterwards.
If you have common sense, you will quickly realize that Facebook can become your worst enemy if you don’t use it properly. I’ve seen far too many people (including myself at times) express information on their personal life because they might be frustrated and in need of someone to talk to. Are you guys ready for the truth? Well, the truth is, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO YOU. They will mostly only read about the bad things that happen to you because they need a way to validate themselves by seeing if anyone has it worse than they do. Common sense needs to apply before you write a post, not afterwards. Do you really want to give the public more ammo to use against you whenever you argue with them about anything? In order to have privacy on the internet, you need to stop volunteering information about yourself that you wouldn’t share on a train full of strangers. If your posts consist of how you’re polyamorous, hate someone you’re working with, have anger issues, you feel like you’re the opposite gender than what you were born as, you’re into any hobbies that aren’t socially accepted (video games, Pokemon, My Little Pony, Gay Pride, any group supporting President Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton are considered not socially acceptable hobbies or interests), then be prepared to be harassed online on a regular basis. This is something you should even more concerned about if you’re one of the very stupid people who decided to keep their profile on Facebook public. The fact that you have an option where you can control who sees your posts should give you an extra edge over who you have to encounter on the internet, yet too many people would rather cry about people saying mean things to them on the internet and try to get the government involved in banning what they consider offensive language. The main reason people keep posts public is because they want the whole world to see everything they say and hope that they can attract “likes”. I’ve personally decided not to even share a whole lot of information on Facebook unless it’s normal, basic, vanilla events that even the most anal employer and internet troll will overlook completely. My Facebook profile is so uninteresting that no one remembers it at all. If you want to discuss your sex life or anything even remotely interesting, you may as well instant message your friends and family, or go on an anonymous website with a fake name and persona and do it there.
Another thing you might want to consider is NOT linking any of your other accounts to your Facebook. If you have an Instagram, have a separate email for it and any other social media that doesn’t require your actual name and public profile on it. If you have a Twitter, do the same. It simply is not worth it to have a bunch of stuff that employers, trolls, and otherwise unnecessary people can use against you to track you down and screw your life up. The only thing I want my Twitter and Instagram hooked up to would be my business page for traffic to this website. Garnering that kind of traffic would help someone get some networks. When you display your true persona on personal social media with your real name and face on it, you face the possibility of getting doxed. Getting doxed basically means that someone will post your home address, phone number, job number, and other information to the general public in order to make your life miserable. None of what has been written here should be hard to understand since all of this is common sense. Simply put, if you don’t want other people to use something you posted against you in public or you think something might ruin your chances of getting a job, just don’t post it. I can already see the comments section of this article stating “I already know this. This article is useless. I suggest this instead.” It’s fine if you actually have better solutions for the common sense portion, but I have a feeling some know it all is going to just discredit the entire article without any other solution, and to that I say, if you knew better, then you wouldn’t be reading this article in the first place. Also, don’t ruin it for someone else who might need this. Now that we’ve basically finished establishing common sense with maintaining or regaining internet privacy, this article can shift focus to the portion that requires the utilization of self-respect.
Self-Respect & Maintaining Internet Privacy
Self-respect is easier to utilize than common sense when you’re trying to regain or maintain internet privacy. All you really have to do is have a bit of foresight. You just think in common sense terms of the actual results of whatever action you perform online, just like in real life. Would this make you look stupid? Would your post result in losing friends, angering family, making you unemployable, or possibly arrested? If you have enough self-respect not to do certain things in real life, then why would you do them in the online world? The funny thing about the internet is that the more you post about your opinions and try to debate with people about why you think your answer in a debate is more valid than someone else’s, you actually leave yourself open to all manner of attacks. You’ll probably say something along the lines of “You’re telling us to shut up and not express ourselves.” The truth is, you’re absolutely right. The more you whine, bitch, complain, and moan on the internet, the more you expose yourself to the worst that the internet has to offer. You have to remember the subject of the article is not about being able to express yourself freely. It id about ensuring that you have the most privacy possible without losing your social media platforms. Besides, if you’re going to talk politics, rant about religion, discuss your sex life, talk badly about others, or complain about your job, you could at least have the common sense (see the overlap of ideas here) to create a brand new email, make a fake account, and don’t give it any connection to your old account (like friending people you know in real life or connecting it to any other accounts with your real name and face on it). If comic book super heroes, police officers, firemen, soldiers, and anyone else who works for very strict, high paying employers needs to tone down their real profile to keep themselves out of danger, then you’re not untouchable either and might want to have the self-respect to think about how you want to represent yourself to the world. Your social media is the resume of your character, so think about what you do with it. That said, the next area of focus for this article will cover confidence and keeping your internet privacy.
Confidence in Maintaining Internet Primacy
If you’ve accomplished utilizing the common sense to let go of your attention seeking ego and had the self-respect to not put anything out there that people would use to destroy you on the internet, then you can safely say you’ve earned the right to be confident in the fact that you’ve successfully, for the most part, regained or maintained your internet privacy. If you’ve managed to cover your internet tracks for the most part and left your debating, whiny, confrontational attitude on a pseudo account, you can be confident in the fact that you will most likely not have anyone attacking your real life unless they are very malicious to begin with and at that rate, you can usually call the police if their actions actually put you at risk. Doxing someone is a crime because it endangers people’s livelihoods. You can get a person arrested for such a crime if they try to screw up your life. If you did everything you could to make your life as private as possible and they still decided to try to dox you, then the courts will be on your side because you went out of your way to maintain your privacy and the troll/hacker went through the work of trying to get you hurt. So, have confidence in the fact that you are doing the right thing by having your social media be as safe as possible. I’m not sure if 100% privacy is even possible at this point, but your secrets can remain yours if you just leave your ego at the door and have confidence in the fact that what you put out on the internet is nothing you’re ashamed of revealing in the first place.
In conclusion, internet privacy is something people believe isn’t possible, but the good news is, what you choose to reveal on social media is genuinely up to you. If you only want to update your status to let your friends and family know you’re okay, or want to promote a business or hobby you have, then that is all the world needs to know about you. The mentality of keeping a private life on the internet isn’t so much the idea of having a place to be able to write whatever you want without consequence. That is foolish. The mentality of maintaining your privacy on the internet is not spending all of your time expressing yourself on the internet so you can make time for the most important things in your life like, for example, your life. You only really have to do the same thing you do in real life at a job or around people you don’t entirely trust and let them only know what you want them to know and nothing else. The ego needs to be put away because the follows and the likes aren’t worth the attention unless you’re trying to promote something profitable. Remember, perception is reality in the solitary pathway known as life.