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Exposing Yourself Online

Contrary to what Captain Kirk says at the beginning of every Star Trek episode, space is not the final frontier. Privacy is. Why? Social media.

The big offender in this arena is Facebook, of course. I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do that with good reason. Facebook seems to satisfy people's desire to reveal far more about themselves than they would in person, among a group of friends or even strangers. The element of increased freedom, I think, comes from a false sense of security about the Internet, which is a big mistake in my view. It's bad enough that Homeland Security's Big Brother is scanning our email for provocative, "terror-related" keywords. Why, then, would anyone think that posting compromising pictures of themselves or malicious rants on their Facebook pages would be any less damaging to an inquiring, judgmental eye?

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