The basic principles of internet usage are that:
-Your ISP has your address (the server) and gives you a specific public IP address. Also, they have a setlist of ‘public’ addresses you give to your other websites. These are known as ‘public IP addresses. They provide these public IP addresses only when you request them. For example: If I go to Facebook, I receive an email from my ISP informing me about the public IP address with which I can connect.
When trying to reach this address I will see a message saying something like: “This is a private IP address, please be aware of what you’re doing.” Your ISP then sends an Email link to your website requesting you to click on it. You do so by typing in the address bar of your browser and clicking the link. My ISP would then send a link back to the web page with a picture showing up as soon as you type it into your browser.
-You use the same public IP address on different websites. This helps you see other people’s sites (if any) as well as how their site looks. Usually, the two things you will notice about any website are the website’s URL and, underneath that, two or more of their pages. It’s important to know that when other people visit your site the first thing they see is a link showing up under your pages. That’s because these links contain a special code that tells Google and other search engines like Firefox to show up in the results below your homepages.
-You have access to another user’s files: In the last section, I mentioned that some websites allow users to view and download their own photos. Although many of the big social networking platforms require you to give permission before your pictures are used, there are still some that don’t. Most of these include Instagram and Twitter. Once you start using a new social media platform, you need to enable the option of viewing your photos.
Another way a person can view and download his/her own photos is through a file-sharing program such as Dropbox or Box. Sometimes you can choose to enable “view as share” so your friends and family can view the content of your own photos as if they were yours. These options can make a difference between having an account on Facebook and just using it for fun.
-You have full control over what information you want to have: You may be interested in hearing about a friend’s new puppy but you only find out that he died and left her alone. Now you might get an update on your relationship status and even hear from your ex with the picture of him sleeping on top of a cot. Or if your friend was planning a trip around India and you haven’t heard from him in months, then you may discover he was arrested and put into prison and didn’t tell anyone. In all these cases you have full, unrestricted access to whatever information is relevant to your situation. In fact if you’ve been following along through the years you’ll know that you have unfettered access to every single detail as far as your search history is concerned.
-You only have one location: Many of us are familiar with where our social networks point to. We often end up sharing things like phone numbers or birth dates with others, but we seldom use their exact addresses or take the time to find them out. On occasion, you will meet someone who shares their name and you share the same names together. At times you’ll meet someone who shares their real name but the profile picture of them matches exactly with that of some random individual in their network. Either it’s an old college classmate or a stranger on the internet who seems to have a similar name but their profile picture doesn’t match the picture they upload. As more people enter the online world there is a greater ability to change your real-life identity as an individual and as a part of the broader society we have become.
-You have full control over your passwords. Unless you are living on Mars, chances are you have at least one password saved somewhere. Most of us have made passwords and kept them safe from prying eyes, but sometimes someone else will mess with them. Maybe you keep all your passwords on one computer and use those on every device, or you have a few computers with limited admin privileges. There are plenty of possibilities here, whether you’re lazy or not good at remembering things, but the most common scenario is you store all your passwords on one computer and always remember the last four digits.
This may seem ridiculous for some people, but you need to realize that when you set up your own computer, there’s no separate password for each instance. All those password codes you saw in elementary school days are still there. A second person accessing your files also has the same issues with each instance of logging onto your system. But when you log into your accounts or open any of your other accounts the passwords may appear differently depending on who you are and the location of your home.
-You have full control of your privacy settings. Whether that includes cookies, your browsing history, your contacts, your messages, etc is completely confidential unless you decide to share it. You will also be able to change your mind-control settings if you’re worried about being tracked by someone. However, I’d suggest changing your browsing history and messaging preferences if you still consider that some internet data may be personal.
-You have complete control of your data. No one except for yourself knows exactly what you do. Every day you receive emails, write letters to others, read online articles etc asking for your personal details and, if you really want, posting them and putting them up on the internet is possible. And if you choose to share that data, you can delete it without losing anything valuable.
-You have full control of who sees your stuff. Obviously, this isn’t something that you can control, however, your internet provider won’t ever need to ask you to let them see your data unless you inform them of your intentions when going through the procedure. You still have complete control of your media and information and therefore have complete control of who sees your material.
-You have full ownership of how much you consume. Most technology companies or governments have contracts that allow them to charge fees from consumers if they are allowed to use certain features or services. For instance, when driving down the street, you might be charged extra for the digital navigation system. You have total responsibility for choosing what to use and how much. Of course, some of the above is subjectively determined (in some cases, you might have complete freedom), but the idea is that this responsibility isn’t something you have.
-You have zero responsibility for what happens to the internet. When you are connecting to the internet, things happen. Some companies will try to sell you additional services that are designed to hide the truth about how they work. Other businesses and governments will attempt to manipulate you into giving them something without your consent. And finally, you are responsible for everything that happens to your internet. Everything that happens on your internet, from all the ads of things you think you might enjoy to your searches, is completely outside of your control. But again, this goes back both ways, to you and to the internet itself…