As a social media marketer, and someone like myself who is online quite frequently, searching, and being engaged into the internet world is something that we do and sometimes those searches and what we do online can leave a huge footprint that cannot be erased.
In the last little while, I have been doing a lot of research about How our searches online, or what we tell Siri on the iPhone or Voicing Google searches picks up our voices to search for certain things, and then when we search the internet or go on websites that have Ad’s, within a couple of hours, we see what we search for and talk about.
It is actually a pretty scary thought. Nothing is private anymore. Our search history is always there. Even if we delete it. Somehow there is a database that keeps everything in and we don’t even know it. We are definitely being monitored. When companies send out emails, they know who has opened up their emails to read them, then if you do not open up e-mails they will assume that you are not interested and they will no longer send them to you or it can go into your spam/junk folder.
There have been a few times where I would search for something on Google, then whatever I search for, ends up on my newsfeed on Facebook, as well as seeing ads all over the place. One time, it was absolutely scary, I had searched for something wedding related, and then an hour later, I see it appear in the ads in my email.
Not only are we being watched for what we search for, but what we write, what we post, and images and photos that we post online. It pops up in image searches online.
If you think you have deleted something forever, that is very untrue. Whatever gets posted online, stays there forever. Our privacy these days are slim to none. Whatever we do online is there to stay..
When you delete history off your internet browsers, cached articles and items from your phone, computers, tablets, There is always a way to retrieve things. There are people who can do anything and everything. With today’s technology, it is pretty evident that things can be found. Tech experts don’t tell you a lot of these secrets, but it is pretty evident that they know more than what they tell you.
With today’s technology and with Siri on these new iPhones, You just say her name and she responds to you right away because she knows your voice. She records your data all the time. She even knows all your contacts in your list and the files you have on your phone. She knows where you live. Although it is a fun feature to play around with, it also causes risks to your privacy, to your contact list and addresses and so much more. Siri is great, but she knows way too much.
GPS, Navigation systems, tablets, WiFi Camera’s, Laptops, Webcams, Computers, Blue Tooth, tethering, Gaming consoles. All these things are watching us.
When you log out of your laptops, always close your screen, and make sure you shut it down completely. You never know.
A lot of times we wonder how telemarketers and those other annoying phone calls come on our smartphones and other cell phones, it is because people’s numbers get recorded in ways that we don’t know and our information is out there for these people to call and to harass us with bogus to try to fool us. Always hang up and say you are not interested and never say Yes, On the phone. YES is dangerous and it can lead to a lot of problems and the telemarketers gain while you lose. Your information can be compromised, your bank account, your identity and so much more. You have to be so careful.
We all need to watch ourselves. One day a mistake we make online can always come back to bite you sooner or later. So please exercise caution and don’t be a statistic.
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What experiences have you gone through?
What insight and opinion do you have of this?
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I was just hearing about something like this the other day. Scary. Another scary thing is those DNA tests for ancestry. Did you know they keep your DNA up to ten years? What do they do with it? Scary indeed. Thanks for this great post! Enjoy your posts very much!
I always was leary about those DNA tests. I think it is a gimmick.
I know it bothers me too. I wonder are they using the DNA to do unethical things. It is a slippery slope.
I turn my wifi off inside of Wal-Mart and I may shut the entire phone off.
I was looking for eye drops in the eye care isle. Next thing I know there was an eye drop advertisement on my phone.
Way too close for comfort. The phone tracked my exact location in the store and sent ads pertaining to that product.
You are so right that we are being monitored. If these companies won’t respect our privacy maybe it’s time for us to load up their databases with fake searches — searches for stuff we are not even interested in, In theory this would make the data less valuable to them. So would random visits to random places.
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