Here's the deal when it comes to the internet. Nothing should be trusted and considered "private" or "secret". At one time we have all entered our Social Security Number, address, birth date, sexuality, phone number, political preference, the list is miles long. Remember, the internet is an infinite file cabinet. All that information previously stated existed somewhere in paper form prior to the web, so I ask what is the concern now? The only thing that comes to mind is speed. Privacy does not exist when it comes to the internet. In a matter of seconds I can find "confidential" information about anything or anyone. It doesn't matter what "privacy" settings are activated on your particular social network site, I can still find ways to see you. Activities viewed as "private" are not so, but more assumed. For example, I assume you go to the bathroom, have sex, masturbate, watch pornographic material, and partake in drugs and alcohol. I just choose not to think about it.
"Learning who to trust is actually quite hard."-Boyd It sure is, but there is a simple solution. Don't trust anyone. Family, friends, co-workers, randoms, they can all expose you. You, are the one in control of your online identity. While personal information may accessible by anyone, how you are perceived online can still be saved. Just be smart about your approach. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Keep that thought in the back of your mind next time you are posing in a photo smoking a joint, bonging a beer, snorting blow, or half naked. Using a search engine for "How To Make A Pipe Bomb," is probably not the best idea either. Just be smart. "Privacy," and "secrecy" do not exist when it comes to the internet. They are myths; words created to make you feel better about your guilty pleasures.