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Who are you, really???

I purchased an apple laptop for school, and I have been gradually learning how to use it.  I have both Google Chrome and Safari on it as browsers. At school, on their computers, I generally use Google Chrome, because it usually works better.  They aren’t apple computers in their library.  I have gmail, and yahoo and an apple email now.   The plethora of passwords  is a little much. I tend to forget what they are after not too long. I had it down for a little while, but then someone hacked my stuff, and I had to change all my passwords.  Now, I’m frequently in a bind as to which one I need to remember.  It’s horrible.  Until recently, I thought that was my only problem.

It hasn’t been an issue before, but I’ve just discovered that I can only get on the wordpress site when I’m in the google search engine. I can’t even get into it when I’m in my gmail, if I’m not in gmail on Google Chrome. I get told that I don’t have a site yet when I try to get into it. On the other hand, when I’m in my gmail on Google chrome, it goes straight into the wordpress site when I click on any of my articles that I have sent to my gmail. No problem at all.

I’ve just purchased a web site for my new artistic profession, which I am still in the process of setting up.  I was in a different browser when I searched for it, and I set it up with my Apple icloud email.  If I’m in Google Chrome, It can’t find the site at all.  Now, not only do I have to remember which password goes with which email, etc., but I also have to remember which browser goes with which site.  This is becoming depressingly frustrating. I need a big chart on the wall with all my internet traffic lanes.
None of this would have become an issue at all, if it wasn’t for all the censorship of sites that I liked, like the naturopathy and how to raise farm animals that I love.  I have to go to Goodgopher.com to find them. Additionally, the selling of all my data to just anyone who wants it has begun to bother me too.  It doesn’t matter that I’m a law-abiding citizen, and that I have nothing to hide. It matters that anytime I search for anything, for whatever reason, ie, someone asked me a question that I didn’t know the answer to, so I searched it, I then get advertising for products related to that search, whether I’m interested in it or not.

Apparently, whoever has my data believes it applies to me, so they are working on selling me something. This potentially gives a false picture of me, in my opinion. I even heard that if you purchase something at a convenience store, with one of those points cards, that it will send, or sell the data to companies that use it to determine insurance rates; for instance, cigarettes.  If you are a non-smoker, but you have friends or family visiting that do smoke, and you buy them cigarettes with your points card, the data can go to the health insurance company and they will assume it’s you who smokes and raise your insurance rate.

Since this is true of points cards, then who is to say it isn’t also true of the data collected by browser searches? Or just plain any kind of typing that is done within one. These blog sites also collect data.  So now that I am switching sites to locate things of interest to me, I now have multiple pipelines of data.  Perhaps some of the sites, or browsers, or search engines don’t track everything I do, but I still have things of interest to me in the other locations, like this one.  What to do, what to do….  It’s disturbing, really.  Is this the price we pay for having these tools at our disposal?

Hmmmmmm……. Do I need to have multiple sites to sell my artistic wares? Depending on which site I’m on, will I get different results?  Will I get the interest of different kinds of people on each browser? Up until recently, I had taken it for granted that searches would have similar results, no matter where I was; now, I’m certain that I need different strategies for each browser, and different sites for them too.   ….  Sigh …….

I think I’m more interested in a smaller, more personal venue after all.  I doubt that I will bother with getting anymore internet sites.  This is far too time consuming and troublesome for doing the kind of personal, one-on-one custom artistic business I’m interested in.  I’ll be looking for a brick and mortar corner studio/shop when I get settled again after school.  Thanks internet, for clarifying that question for me.

Copyright 2018 Ellen M. Lattz.

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