I like using Google and use it for blogging and searching for interesting stories and pictures.
Youtube is a great source for old TV series, sports events and older films.
In the article I put the link in above it summarises thus:
SCHNEIER: "Unfortunately, we live in a world where most of our data is out of our control. It’s in the cloud, stored by companies that may not have our best interests at heart. So, while there are technical strategies people can employ to protect their privacy, they’re mostly around the edges. The best recommendation I have for people is to get involved in the political process. The best thing we can do as consumers and citizens is to make this a political issue. Force our legislators to change the rules.
Opting out doesn’t work. It’s nonsense to tell people not to carry a credit card or not to have an email address. And “buyer beware” is putting too much onus on the individual. People don’t test their food for pathogens or their airlines for safety. The government does it. But the government has failed in protecting consumers from internet companies and social media giants. But this will come around. The only effective way to control big corporations is through big government. My hope is that technologists also get involved in the political process — in government, in think-tanks, universities, and so on. That’s where the real change will happen. I tend to be short-term pessimistic and long-term optimistic. I don’t think this will do society in. This is not the first time we’ve seen technological changes that threaten to undermine society, and it won’t be the last."
We are being forced into having to use our credit cards for on-line shopping for goods and services. Banks, government departments, utility companies and major retailers are cutting back on their face to face services and wanting - demanding that we deal with them on-line. The problem is that they have not put enough safety procedures in for us to be able to do this securely.
Sure enough, last week I got emails from Ticketmaster apologising that several million customer accounts had been hacked and advising us to change or card details. Well we've changed the cards, no thanks to them but as we have two pending concert arrangements via them - Bob Dylan in August and David Byrne in November I'm waiting until these are out of the way before I totally cancel our account with Ticketmaster. We'll probably have to go back to the old manual system of queuing up at a ticket office and paying with cash in future.
A brave new world with convenient features?