A six year old told me to kill myself just now…

Who let this girl record a video and put it on YouTube?  Don’t parents understand that once something enters the net, it’s there forever?  Literally.

Just some basics:

  • Every time you visit a website, the server you connect to will log your IP address and what page you requested.  Every time. Date and time also, of course.
  • That doesn’t just go for pages.  Every file you request: page, scripts, images, flash game, video, etc.  Logged.  And if it’s a legit site, they’ll store that log indefinitely.  (Forever.)
  • When you type something into a form, the website can also store what you queried in another log.
  • When you upload a photo, it enters the web.  When you ‘delete’ a photo, there’s no guarantee that the server really deletes the photo.  There’s also no guarantee that every person who viewed that photo didn’t download it and make it their desktop background.
  • When you upload a video, same thing, only now you’ve added sound to your internet submission.  And since you’ve talked about how cool you are, and the rest of the world disagrees, they will probably make fun of you.  And when they do, they will copy your video again and again.  And even when your mom and dad get the sense to ban you from the internet and delete your YouTube account, you will live on in the hearts of millions because your video was duplicated across sites.  And you can blame your parents for being stupid enough to buy you a webcam and let you use it unsupervised.

And that, my friends, is why you shouldn’t put anything private on the internet.  Because the internet is not a private place.

Currently listening to: “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap

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