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Privacy and security are two things that are hard to find on the Internet today Many debates have risen concerning the personal aspects of the Internet Should you have privacy on the Internet Or should companies have the privilege to gather information about you I believe that your privacy and personal security should be top priority on the Internet Companies should not be able to invade your private life simply because you visited their company website However privacy invasion has been commonly linked with Internet use Many companies are able to gather personal information on those visiting their website and also selling such information to others for profit As extreme as this may sound this has become a continuing trend on the Internet There are many ways that consumers can gather information about you One simple way is thought e-mail scams E-mail scams are very similar to those that one receives over postal mail They both promise some big reward and in order to enter in this contest you must send in your personal information Others e-mail schemes include subject like Get rich quick which only promise money but end up being scams Another type of tool companies use to gain your personal information is something called a cookie A cookie gathers information on what site you visit frequently and what your tastes are This can be a power tool for consumers but severely invades your personal privacy On the Internet your personal life is simply marketable data This is what bothers most people Some people feel threatened by every move they make on the web They almost feel like one wrong step on the net can ruin they personal and social life Currently Microsoft and other businesses are using a new form of technology to gather your personal information Instead of having to input your name age ZIP code and other facts this information will now be stored on your
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