Security research company ZeroFox tried to count the number of social media scams and came up with 437,165 fraudulent campaigns; many of which infested Facebook, Twitter, and other major social media sites. ZeroFox says if each scam claimed only one victim each, the losses could total $180,986,310.
Put another way, social media as we know it has become a digital cesspool infested with infections that aim to do too much too easily– take users private information covertly or overtly, or entice users to give up some of their hard earned money in an untraceable scam that affects millions.
What does this have to do with Apple?
There was a time when I thought of Apple as the paragon of personal privacy; the one tech company that did business the old fashioned way, and protected the rights and privacy of each customer as a sacred trust.
Then I found out that Apple receives a few billion dollars a year from Google to make the search engine giant the default search engine on the world’s second most popular browser. Safari. Those billions are pure profit to Apple so you can see the reason behind Safari defaulting to Google’s search engine above others.
Here’s the problem I have with Apple’s actions. Apple talks a game of privacy, but Apple also supports those who would subvert our rights to privacy and sell what they can on the open market of advertisers. Google does just that with the Chrome browser and Google’s vaunted search engine operation.
Yet, Apple installs the Facebook application by default on iPhone and iPad. Name another company that is just as complicit in taking private information away from users and treating is as spoil and gain? Facebook.
Dear Apple, you can’t have it both ways.
You’re either for customer privacy and protection, or you’re against it and siding with the likes of Google and Facebook.
Which is it?
In the meantime, we Mincey folk are doing everything we can to anonymize our online and social presence. That means cutting down social media use. That means using a VPN to inhibit online tracking. It means sharing photos with family and friends the old fashioned way. Email.
But not through Gmail.
I think we are near a place on the space time continuum where we may need to consider the option to ditch social media for alternatives which are less invasion and more beneficial to humanity.