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Journal Journal: How to Convince Non-IT Friends that Privacy Matters?

As technology becomes more advanced I am more and more worried about my 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 student. 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 and was it successful? How do you convince the average modern user that they should think about theirs and others' privacy when turning their computer on?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead