PSA: Stop labelling people interested in OPSEC and privacy as "paranoid". Paranoia is a mental illness, heavily influenced by fear, that makes someone believe they're under constant threat even when there is no evidence for thinking so.
Being careful about your online identity, privacy, taking care of your passwords, and using second factor authentication is not paranoia. It's common sense.
There are malicious actors who want to get their hands on as much information as possible. This is fact.
And I'm not just talking about evil hackers taking over Twitter or Facebook accounts for impersonation, or Nigerian scammers. I'm also talking about corporations such as Google and Facebook for which their personal information literally means money. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and many other companies literally make money by selling advertisements tailored to your specific interests.
And yes, coincidentally, there's also people abusing computer systems to extract banking information.
Every few weeks, websites get breached, the personal information they hold gets sold on the dark web, and spammers copy their users' email addresses for monetary gains. It's very common for people to lose money on the Internet due to very sophisticated phishing and spear-phishing campaigns. Not just computer illiterate people, not just 80 year olds, but also CEOs, Hollywood superstars, and avid 25 year-old computer users.
It can happen to any of us.
The only solution is to protect yourself.
To this end, make things as difficult as possible for everyone else.
1 - Never share or reuse passwords.
2 - Use two factor authentication whenever is possible.
3 - Invest some money in a good hardware device like a Yubikey. Spending 50 USD now could mean you don't lose 50k USD in the future due to a banking spear-phishing attack.
4 - Educate the people you love and care about. Teach them about the dangers of the Internet and how to remain safe.
Not paranoia: Just common sense.
@one better yet, treat passwords like your underwear change them once in a while, don't share them with others, and don't leave them hanging around.
`Being careful about your online identity, privacy, taking care of your passwords, and using second factor authentication is not paranoia.`
@one sure, but I've gone to the level of encrypting my all drives, selfhosting my e-mails and removing Google Play Services from my Android phone. how is that not a paranoia?
After all, it's not paranoia when they're out to get you.
@one we need a word to describe the opposite of paranoia - the state where someone IS after you and you are very aware of that, but you gave up hiding because it's inconvenient.
@one building a safe space through strong opsec also gives you room to heal, and once you have, the capability to help others in similar or worse circumstances!
@one i hate it. i was naïve enough to listen to those calling me paranoid a few times, and in the end it's always me who gets in trouble, so...
good thing it's all in the past now.
@one and for those doing this (calling people paranoid): it's too easy to underestimate a threat if it doesn't affect you in any way. most likely the person is just doing everything you would do in their situation, but you usually neither know the details nor can adequately estimate it from a 3rd person point of view.
(i'm just angry at my coworker :x)
@one Put more bluntly, it's not paranoia when they actually are out to get you.