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Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements. ~ Katherine Neville
The very first journal I ever received appealed to me on many different levels. The pages begged to be filled and the lock and key provided a measure of safety and security. When beginning a workshop and in the first chapter of my journal writing workbook, I start with exploring how to keep your journal personal and protected so that you write only for yourself. I ask others to explore times in their life when their trust has been violated and what they do now because of it.
I found out this week my g-mail account has been “hacked” as a mass e-mail went out to others that I didn’t send. I honestly don’t use that account for my everyday e-mails but keep it for my blog. I’ve changed the password and hope that corrects any issues but I’m honestly not computer savvy.
However, the feeling of someone having my password (which how does that happen anyway?!), having the ability to send spam or a virus or respond as me has left me sick to my stomach. The idea that someone could look at my personal e-mails or cause damage to others in my name reminded me of those times in my life when I have felt vulnerable.
I know it may sound like an oxymoron ~ the idea that a blogger needs privacy, after all we put ourselves out there, right? But we choose what is posted and I cherish my quiet moments, my solitude and those thoughts that I keep to myself. During those rare moments that I reveal my “dirty laundry”, it is only when I think that by doing so I can help someone else. When I realized that someone had my password, the first thing I did was check my blog to make sure there wasn’t a new post not authored by me. I know this wasn’t someone known to me, and am wondering if there is some computer program that someone downloaded that just finds various e-mail addresses with various combinations until it gets it right (I’m probably sounding quite ignorant at this point) and I can’t imagine what the purpose is or why anyone would create a program like that.
Consider what privacy means to you and how you protect it. Explore how you consider privacy in your cyber-world too.