As technology becomes more advanced, I am increasingly worried about privacy in
all aspects of my life. Unfortunately, whenever I attempt to discuss the matter
with my friends, they show little understanding and write me off as a
hyper-neurotic IT professional. They say they simply don't care that the data they
share on social networks may be accessible by others, that some laws passed by
governments today might be privacy-infringing and dangerous, or that they
shouldn't use on-line banking without a virus scanner and a firewall. Have you
ever attempted to discuss data security and privacy concerns with a friend who
isn't tech-savvy? How do you convince the average modern user that they should
think about their privacy and the privacy of others when turning on their
IT people tend to be pretty security focussed with borderline paranoia. That is healthy because that's there role in society.
Talk to a dentist. You'll hear a whole lot about how important it is to floss your teeth for 15 minutes a day. A fitness nut will tell you how you need to exercise an hour and a half a day. The house painter told me I should wash the house once every 3 months to preserve the paint. A mechanic friend told me to check my car's oil every week. etc.
Most people just don't have the time/energy to do everything they're told so they ignore most advise. So sad !