The Yahoo! and Equifax hacks teach the Internet a valuable lesson, but the students aren’t listening

Yahoo! recently revealed that all of its 3 billion accounts were compromised, up from its initial estimate of 1 billion.

“Whether it’s 1 billion or 3 billion is largely immaterial. Assume it affects you,” Curry said. “Privacy is really the victim here.”

Yahoo first disclosed the breach in December . The stolen information included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and security questions and answers.

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Companies often don’t know the full extent of a breach and have to revise statements about how it affects customers years later, said Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief technology officer for Obsidian Security, based in Newport Beach, California. Johnson said Yahoo might never know exactly what was accessed.

Published October 3, 2017 — Associated Press

In the span of a year, two Internet companies with hundreds of millions of users failed to secure their users’ private information.

Despite the lesson that users shouldn’t trust sensitive information with these companies, why do users continue to trust their personal lives with Facebook?  Why are they continuing to write confidential information in Gmail?

Talking person-to-person remains the most secure form of communication, and the most socially gratifying as well. Instead, a lot of the world is opting for superficial and isolating platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Netflix.

A good rule is to assume every account you have online, whether it is social media or your “secure” e-mail, can be hacked and will be hacked.

There are some things that you probably don’t mind having exposed to the world. Before the Internet, your address and phone number would be available in a phone book. Your credit card and banking information would still circulate with merchants and other public institutions.

However, all your conversations with acquaintances back then were private. Your photo albums were stored in your attic. Your thoughts were kept primarily to yourself, and you had the choice who to share your secrets with.

You may no longer have that choice. Facebook and Google are data mining your thoughts and distributing that data for the sake of ad revenue and kowtowing to corrupt postmodernist institutions. Anyone voluntarily submitting their personal lives through these channels are setting themselves up for extortion.

If you thought the current situation with online censorship and thought policing was bad, wait until hackers get a hold of that same information.

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