Fear the unknown about the internet and hesitating to use it
by Mr_redglass - 3/19/12 2:11 PM
Hi. I posted this on the broadband internet forum already but wasn't getting much attention with it over there as of yet so I thought I'd just actually post it on here because I do feel like a newb to the technicalities of the internet and computers and what makes them work and I think that's basically what my problem is here. My concern is mainly with the internet though.
My problem is I'm afraid/hesitant to use my own internet on my own devices because I'm afraid of privacy issues with it I guess. So my question is, should I be afraid to use my internet privacy wise or not cause I can't use it anymore without feeling somehow I'm being tracked or watched secretly. If so, then can someone help me know what exactly should I be afraid of?
I would like to get to the bottom of my fears about it all because its holding me back from the internet and making me paranoid I guess. I guess I just lack a knowledge of the technicalities that make a computer and the internet tick so I feel really just precautious. I feel like I need help understanding this stuff or I'll always kind of fear the unknown and be afraid. I think just having an understanding of this stuff or if someone could explain this stuff to me I wouldn't have so much fear/precaution maybe if I didn't have to.
Right now I have the benefits an unlimited data plan on my smartphone and access to the internet by a fast cable broadband but I waste them feeling afraid to use it cause I am afraid its more bad than good maybe. I think about what the ISP or whatever sees and what data is loose in their hands or elsewhere or what the phone service providers really see. I think about ip addresses and wonder about how that works and just if there's some sort of catch with the internet. I read policies and all but they just seem confusing to me because they just state the stuff they collect but I don't understand it to well. I'm hesitant and afraid to send emails, search stuff even for like videos on youtube, or do much with anything mainstream. I also kind of worry about storing media on my computer if it connects to the internet worrying about if my media is known if I connect or can be and that worries me.
Wish I could explain what I mean better if that doesn't make sense but basically I just have fears about the internet and I'm thus holding myself back from using it while I have it. Can anyone help me simply understand or know what I should know about how the internet works and what I should be aware of or worried about?
P. S. I know before I posted a few times about privacy concerns with different things and people thought I was asking for professional counseling from someone on the forums for it when I wasn't but anyways I agreed that I would stop posting my concerns on the forums to someone but I just can't shake it off. I just feel ignorant and just wanted some knowledge on the topic if anyone could help me understand it so I wouldn't feel precautious to the unknown and know if I should have fears or not. So sorry if I'm crossing the line again but I just want to get info on the topic so I can determine whether I should worry or not. Thanks for the understanding.