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Trust This Computer…?

Well, probably not anymore. We don’t think about the consequences until we get flagged. Otherwise, we go about doing things with the slightest vigilance.

Trust is such a toss-up in the online world. Our logins are out there in the Internet waiting to be hacked. If Gmail wasn’t so good at identifying spam, the inbox would be a mess.

Security is vague. Encryption is supposed to turn privacy into fairy dust. But if we freak out about the internet’s dark lawlessness, every click or email submission we make Big Brother stronger.

Trust this computer? Sure, but only if it tosses the cookies into the internet ether afterward.

Information is abundant and presumably confidential. The Internet holds the keys to our lives. We can only assume its good intentions.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.