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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    I feel sorry for kids today. You're in a much more complicated world than when I was a kid. You do have cool tech toys, but as you say, the cost of living is prohibitive for most of the things normal for teens. And college costs an absolute fortune. When I was young, the cost of going to a state university was within most people's means. And we had jobs and earned our own pocket money, there wasn't the scarcity of jobs that exists today. And people didn't take minimum wage jobs with the expectation of supporting a family on it. Those jobs were almost exclusively held by teens. Not to be depressing, though, because I'm sure through young eyes the world still may look good.

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    Eh, inflation has risen faster than minimum wage. Technically if everything rose at the same time, minimum wage would be around $14 or so. I tried applying to work at a super market this summer. You need a high school degree to put groceries a bag. I don't like working at fast food because the smell just gives me a headache. Oh and on the topic of privacy, today the supreme court ruled NSA spying on your phone is perfectly constitutional

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    Eh, inflation has risen faster than minimum wage. Technically if everything rose at the same time, minimum wage would be around $14 or so. I tried applying to work at a super market this summer. You need a high school degree to put groceries a bag. I don't like working at fast food because the smell just gives me a headache. Oh and on the topic of privacy, today the supreme court ruled NSA spying on your phone is perfectly constitutional

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    It sucks. Oh well. Hopefully things will improve during your lifetime.

    On jobs though, I used to work at plastics factories. The smell of liquid plastic will really get into your nose. And stay there a while. That was one reason I wanted a college degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    It sucks. Oh well. Hopefully things will improve during your lifetime.

    On jobs though, I used to work at plastics factories. The smell of liquid plastic will really get into your nose. And stay there a while. That was one reason I wanted a college degree.

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    Become a politician! Free money and you get bribes from corporate companies!

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    Become a politician! Free money and you get bribes from corporate companies!

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    I've never been that lucky. Maybe you will be, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    What ways do you protect your privacy on your device? I disabled Google Plus so there is no auto upload, and I am working on deleting all the various services and apps I tried out but didn't like. It's not that I'm paranoid, I just like to keep my number of services and sites and companies that have access to my info to a minimum. Bad enough Google shoves Google plus down everyone's throat all the time. But I have no choice with Google, they provide superior services.

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    Great question. I really miss my Palm TX. The data was confined to my device and my desktop hd. No worries there. Now it seems everything is out there for the taking. I'm considering reactivating my old flip phone that only knows how to make calls and only stores phone numbers that I might need to call from my cell phone. Then I would use my brand new Motorola Maxx with KitKat that would only connect to the web via my inhouse highly secure, hidden, password protected, wifi. The only problem is I can't seem to find a way to back up the data that is stored internally (which is most of it!). Ugh!

    Thanks to everyone who has replied to this thread. I have read all of the responses as of this posting and am carefully considering my next move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    Overall if you are using a cellphone at all, and imo especially though Verizon network, you should forget about privacy. As for being connected to the internet, especially if you already have a Google account (but not necessarily), privacy out the window too, unless you use VPN and preventing all servers from logging your activity, that's not easy to do. I know this isn't what you meant in your discussion, but you did not specify either, I still consider it a major aspect of privacy.

    I don't think it matter which popular mobile OS you use, they all collect data in some form, or the apps you use. Google make money from ads and they do it by collecting your data, most of the time anonymously, if you use their mobile OS or services you'll just have to accept that fact. The answer to these simply is to not use the services.

    For the most part, you don't really have control over Google taking photo of your house with their driverless car, map it on their map, collecting WiFi info, aggregating your info that is already present from other public sources and make it searchable on their search service. You already mentioned google.com/dashboard, Google let you control what info are saved and shared.

    I guess you can protect yourself from virus and prevent certain apps from accessing certain data on your phone, mostly this is the only level where users have real control over. Mostly it come down to common sense and careful of what you're downloading and signing up to. Read the permissions of apps add read the developer explanation of it before downloading. Even then Google removed that in KitKat 4.4.2 by making App Ops inaccessible unless you have root. In term of virus and malware, Android is pretty secure and the PlayStore scan apps installed for them. My only concern is controlling permissions of apps, you can't really do much without root, I would argue that even Black Berry and iOS let users control permissions more than Android right now (without root). But a recent incident of a flashlight app that have mulltimillions of downloads collecting user location without their permission and settling with the FTC shows that users don't have that much control in Android as they think, if even apps with millions of download invade your privacy without you knowing (sure you say check the permissions, but it's hard for an average Joe to do that when it have 5stars and millions of download, by that standard the public will have a hard time). Atleast in iOS you can disallow location per apps. I think Google have some improvements to make. For an Android fan I think it's a little embarrassing.

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    Thanks for the post. Very useful information, although I don't know if I feel better or worse after reading your post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    What steps do you take personally?

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    Thanks for your post. It helps to put things into perspective, although leaving my house unlocked may put the contents at risk, but my reputation and bank accounts would still be intact. Even less is at risk if someone steels my car, although it has more security features than my cell phone ever will. However leaving my information on my cell phone open to be taken by any hacker or company out there who compiles the information in case some day it can find a market for it is far more damaging. Potentially I could loose my reputation, credit score, and everything associated with my name. The only thing that keeps me sane is the thought "who cares about me anyway". Still, while I need and want this technology, I don't like the price we have to pay. But as you point out, there is no privacy anymore anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    To each their own how they wish to protect themselves. But personally, I'm not going to just throw my hands up in the air, say oh well and do nothing. I'm going to take appropriate measures that I feel help protect my privacy and security. It's only practical.

    I mean do you leave your house or car unlocked for anyone to gain access whenever they wish? Do you secure your Wi-Fi or leave it wide open for anyone to use? Do you leave your window shades open at night or close them to keep people from being able to easily see you? Do you speak openly in public around complete strangers about your private matters or are you discreet about them? Etc.
    Great Advice. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexlam24 View Post
    Become a politician! Free money and you get bribes from corporate companies!

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    Politicians don't make much money.

    It's only after they leave office and go into lobbying or "consulting" that they make the dough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    I disable any unused apps/services and highly minimize installed apps to only those absolutely needed. I also review app permissions prior to install and will move on to something else or just dump an app if I'm not comfortable with them. I also turn off auto-updating of apps so I can review any updates for changes to permissions and/or functionality.

    An example of Google apps I've disabled: Books, Magazines, Movies & TV, Music, +, Talkback/Hangouts, even Now/Search. I also don't use Chrome (stock Samsung browser instead) and don't sync bookmarks or history. I also disable location history in Maps and never share my location. I do use Google search in the web browser, but NEVER when I'm signed in with my account. The ONLY thing I sync to Google is my GMail, but even that is temporary as I pull it down to my local PC via Outlook and delete it off Google's systems. I also occasionally check my Google Dashboard to verify what info they have and remove anything I don't want there.

    A few other steps to help with privacy:

    1. Use AdAway (requires root) with the MVPS blocking hosts file that blocks most ad networks and their tracking stuff, as well as known malicious Internet sites.
    2. Don't use any social network stuff at all, no accounts on any of them. Family and friends who do have social network accounts respect my request to never post a picture of me on their own accounts.
    3. Never share my main e-mail address or phone number outside my close network of family/friends or critical accounts. I also use a secondary throw away type e-mail account for non-critical stuff and our home fax number if something needs a number.
    4. Don't use my real name for anything online except for things that absolutely need it.
    5. Don't use any type of cloud storage. I prefer to keep things under my direct control if at all possible.
    I completely forgot to include a VERY important step:

    Use some type of lock on your devices, preferable a PIN or password, to prevent unauthorized access. Myself, for my phone and tablet I use a PIN set to lock after 10 minutes of inactivity or immediately by pressing the power key. For my computers it's a password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    I mean do you leave your house or car unlocked for anyone to gain access whenever they wish? Do you secure your Wi-Fi or leave it wide open for anyone to use?
    No, but it's not quite the same thing. Even though we don't leave our houses or vehicles unlocked, we will give the keys to certain people. Just because Google or Microsoft or the NSA have your data doens't mean that it's widely available to the public, or even that they'll do anything with it.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    No, but it's not quite the same thing. Even though we don't leave our houses or vehicles unlocked, we will give the keys to certain people. Just because Google or Microsoft or the NSA have your data doens't mean that it's widely available to the public, or even that they'll do anything with it.
    They do it's called ads. A lot of them in googles case seeing how almost 100% of their revenue is ads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    No, but it's not quite the same thing. Even though we don't leave our houses or vehicles unlocked, we will give the keys to certain people. Just because Google or Microsoft or the NSA have your data doens't mean that it's widely available to the public, or even that they'll do anything with it.
    Understood, the point though is to reduce your risk/exposure. With your data, that can be done by limiting what is out there for them (Google, Microsoft, NSA, etc.) to collect in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    They do it's called ads. A lot of them in googles case seeing how almost 100% of their revenue is ads.
    Yes, but I don't see how that harms us. We'd see ads anyway. Google's info makes the the ads relevant. I guess it makes us spend more, but that's our problem, not theirs.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    Understood, the point though is to reduce your risk/exposure. With your data, that can be done by limiting what is out there for them (Google, Microsoft, NSA, etc.) to collect in the first place.
    That what I do. I closed some more online accounts, and out very limited info on my Google account. I out no history on everything on my Google account as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barth2 View Post
    Politicians don't make much money.

    It's only after they leave office and go into lobbying or "consulting" that they make the dough.
    I think $200k as a senator is good money

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexlam24 View Post
    I think $200k as a senator is good money

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    How do you feel about life as one very long student council meeting with endless note taking and studying? Plus you have to be beyond reproach in your not very private private life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    This is why for my at one should teach your children how to be kids and not let them throw their faces on the screen all the time. If kids are addicted to Facebook and the like it's the parents fault, I will be twenty next year and haven't been on Facebook in years. That social media crap is atrocious about how much kids are into it. We should calling texting and hanging out with friends face to face not iming and Facebook messaging, and tweeting, and Instagraming, and vining to contact each other. It's a mess.

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    Agreed. Also going to be 20 in a month!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    How do you feel about life as one very long student council meeting with endless note taking and studying? Plus you have to be beyond reproach in your not very private private life.

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    Have you ever taken a government class before?

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    Have you ever taken a government class before?

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    Yes. Have you ever worked in government? It helps to have a law degree, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    Yes, but I don't see how that harms us. We'd see ads anyway. Google's info makes the the ads relevant. I guess it makes us spend more, but that's our problem, not theirs.
    I don't think most people have thought this through very well. The harm isn't necessarily in what you might spend - although in the case of some who find temptation irresistible that might be relevant - the real danger is what is shown in your search results. Google has already been accused for filtering results and excluding items that don't come from advertisers, and I for one would rather live in a world that doesn't allow advertising to prevent me from seeing all answers to any query I might submit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    What would they be, the jobs I mean? 😺

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    Look in your local paper. ...
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    I don't think most people have thought this through very well. The harm isn't necessarily in what you might spend - although in the case of some who find temptation irresistible that might be relevant - the real danger is what is shown in your search results. Google has already been accused for filtering results and excluding items that don't come from advertisers, and I for one would rather live in a world that doesn't allow advertising to prevent me from seeing all answers to any query I might submit.

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    That's why if you have a Google account, give as little info as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oofa View Post
    Zero privacy in everyday life = even less privacy when on a phone or computer. What I do is never give up any important info to anyone or anything on my phone or computer. I also do not use my real name on anything. That is why I was totally surprised at how popular Google Wallet had become. I thought it was doomed from the start because I can't imagine having my credit card attached to anything Google. Same with banking apps. For me, totally crazy to do banking from my phone. Wouldn't dream of it. I know some (especially younger people) call it paranoia but I haven't been given any good reasons to be less paranoid. The privacy issue is one of the reasons brick and mortar banks and retail stores still exist.
    I agree. Did you know you don't have to give out your credit card info for credit card transactions? Some financial institutions offer something called Shop Safe, or an equivalent application. It allows you to create a virtual credit card for each transaction limiting the dollar amount and the expiration date. These transactions are linked to your real credit card and show up on your statement just like any other transaction. I use it for all transactions where I don't have to personally swipe my card. I don't use Google Wallet much (it was set up by accident when I purchased some software through the Play Store), but when I do I just add a new credit card with the information of my virtual card for the planned transaction.
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    I know this thread is old but in addition to what you did I also use duckduckgo as default search engine, Firefox beta with add-ons for browser, also izik and disconnect search. problem is there are certain apps that need Google

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