First of all, what would you expect when you heard that you’ll be protected your own privacy online?
Maybe you’ll say things like;
* decent level of anonymity
* hiding your actual address
* hiding info about where you could be frequently reached
…WELL, I thought that some would say NO, coz I’m one of them. lol
Coz I’m expecting NO actual privacy in cyber-spaces.
I’ll tell you.
*I’ll be talking about Japanese mobile-Internet issues, mainly.*
I was a senior-high-school kid when I first got a mobile-phone which allows free Internet connection for a monthly fee.
I used to like go looking for free phone-receiving alarm melodies and free FLASH application games online, which required me nothing but only few info about myself; my handle-name, my birthday, my gender, and my e-mail address.
Which seemed nice, coz it was free … but something happened.
One day, I was joining a club activity of school, and was leaving my mobile-phone in my bag for about an hour.
AND when I checked the phone afterward, there were like 25 e-mails from some different, unknown e-mail addresses, those offered me some sweet love-romance-searching in membership-system BBS!
You know, it’s the MOST ANNOYING SPAM IN WHOLE WORLD!! UGH!!
I didn’t know why such thing happened, coz that actually was the very first time I’ve encountered such shitty, cyber-space-wasting craps.
However, when I told what happened to one of my friends, she told me that it always happens when we joined any kinds of free sites.
She said that free sites like those sell e-mail addresses to the shitty spam sites instead of charging their users … but I was like, “WHAT…?” when I heard that.
In the contract, you said that you’ll be using my e-mail address only for identifying me in your site, and that totally was a lie!?”
(AND some of the FLASH game sites seemed to change the contract without noticing its users; “we will be showing the given info about users to a third-party in any cases we need to,” the contract says.)
…Actually, I wasn’t able to find a decent source for obviously pointing out this issue … but now, I guess what my friend had told me was right.
As I joined new free sites, the spam increased.
Now, I have to deal with the issue by using the spam-filtering service provided by the mobile-phone company.
Well, I could simply change my e-mail address in order to escape from the spams, but I had no choice coz I still wanted to be joined in the free sites those provides SNS services in addition of free apps coz I’ve already made some friends there.
Moreover, I didn’t want to resist all unknown e-mail addresses coz I knew that there are many friends who are like hobby-ing changing their e-mail addresses.
YUP, I have to get along with the spams almost forever! :(
SO, that was why I learned lessons that I can never get free privacy in cyber-spaces, especially in mobile-Internet world.
So, guys, remember…
If you wanna be sure to have a certain level of privacy, DON’T hesitate to pay for it!!
OR, you may have another solution; which now I’m in to it…
JUST LET IT BE!
If you’re already aware you can select which info about you could be shown to strangers, that you’ll have a good selection to avoid yourself joining suspicious sites! :)
OR, if it’s too late (just like I am now…), you may find ways to enjoy the spams, coz their messages are totally ridiculous most of the time! LOL
I, for example … I’ve received some love-letters from a Gin Ichimaru, who is a character from BLEACH! lol
It was tremendously hilarious to see the writer making efforts for mimicking the character’s way of speech, which sounds like a Kansai-area Japanese dialect!
Also, I’ve seen some spams warn receivers to watch out of spams! WTF!! LOL
WELL, in my opinion, it is almost impossible for us to escape from spam nowadays, as long as we are using somewhat kind of cyber-spaces.
In order to point out how our privacy could be used in cyber-spaces, I talked only about private e-mail addresses and spam mails up to here, but it obviously isn’t a story only for that.
You know that we easily can virtually fly around the world these days, so that stalkers are now able to see what their imaginary girlfriends’ hometown look like in convenience!
Everyone, PLZ be careful while you’re showing your private info to strangers in cyber-spaces!!
Qestion for the final>>
Spam mails always offer you dating websites. True/False?