Not long ago, as I was considering what subject to write about for this blog, I googled the words “personal privacy”. I didn’t expect much. I simply wanted to see how the internet defined the term.
What caught my eye, however, was a sponsored ad which came up with my search results. The ad was for a “privacy pop tent” that goes over a bed and zips up to give the user a private place to sleep. It’s likely something advertised to college students living in a dorm.
What intrigued me is I think it says a lot about how Americans view privacy (which, by the way, is very different from how most of Europe views it). We see it as a little cocoon we can sneak into for protection and safety. In a sense, we see privacy as a barrier keeping us safe from the bad guys (or maybe we see it as covering our eyes and acting like no one can see us).
However, this brings with it two inherent concerns.
First, it likely means we are ignoring the pitfalls of the digital world–acting like the information we share can’t be used to steal our passwords or that our information isn’t being harvested by hackers and the like. Both of which, by the way, are absolutely happening!
Realistically though, we can’t steal away inside our “privacy pop bed tent” and act like the digital world isn’t watching. It is and we have to be proactive about protecting ourselves.
The second point is, when we hide, we often miss out on some pretty amazing digital experiences. There is so much out there to see and share and learn, and it’s all right at our fingertips. The digital sphere really is a modern marvel.
But it’s a modern marvel with risks.
This is the point of proactive digital monitoring from Hueya: protection before there is a problem so you can enjoy the internet safely and confidently and free from fear of the unknown. We don’t want you to ignore the risks. We want you to take precautions now so you can freely enjoy what the digital world has to offer.
At Hueya, we don’t want you to hide in some pop tent, hoping nothing will go wrong. We want you to feel free to use the internet knowing you’re getting protection that keeps you safe now and in the future.
Which begs the question, how much is your freedom worth to you?