when you send regular mail, you sign it with your name. people using public email services should be expected to use their real names, and using a
phone number to verify such account, isn't something evil, nor unexpected. actually, you get a bonus of increased security - noone without direct
access to your phone can hack into your email account.
yet you all act like you feel insecure about google knowing your phone number (like they care - they won't use it for anything actually, unless it is
linked with android dumbphone - but if you're using android, you've asked for it), but you don't give a damn about the real security of your email
noone forces you to share your data with them - wether you'll synchronize your smartphone contacts using gmail, giving them phone numbers of your
family, wether you'll share your photos using picasa, wether you'll use anything else - it's all up to you. having to provide your phone number is
justified though, when security comes to mind at least. and knowing that with access to your email account, random person can probably hack into all
other your accounts, registered using that email address (social media, bank, paypal, whatever), you should do your best to protect it.
i'm not protecting google - i'm tired of their actions, but sadly, unless you have your own email server, there's no real alternative. try reading the
privacy policies of other big email providers and you'll hopefully understand that they're no better. why the push for google+? because they want ad
money, as much as facebook, that's obvious. i've considered switching to gmx, but after reading about many accounts being just locked/deleted because
of some automatic scan, no thanks.
and if you don't want to use gmail and prefer some small, unreliable email provider instead, just go your way and stop crying out how bad and evil
google is. all you do is complain, while actually doing nothing to keep your email account really secure. there are stupid people using google
services blindly, there are even more naive people bashing google blindly while fooling themselves into thinking they've avoided the possible privacy
leaks (there is no way to do this, other than staying offline), while compromising the security of their own email accounts - and telling others to do
the same thing, and there are people aware of the risks, but also aware of the fact that there is no real alternative, and unless you're a server
admin, and at the same time you can force all the people you're in contact with to avoid google and all the other companies with similar - or worse -
policies, your privacy will be compromised, in one way or another. the only thing you can do while staying online, is to use your common sense and
calculate the risks before doing anything.
otherwise you're just being stupid drama queens, doing everything to make not only your own email, but that of the others, more insecure, without
actually increasing the privacy that concerns you so much.
and btw, nothing pisses me off more than people thinking they have the right to stay anonymous on the internet. it should be FORBIDDEN, because the
humanity isn't grown up enough for such thing. people abuse it constantly, thinking they cannot be found, and that's the whole reason of online abuse,
bullying, theft, lies and every other possible evil that you can find across the internet. you think your phone number is such a secret thing? how
don't want to provide your real name as well? imagine, how many hoaxes would be posted on ATS by complete idiots when they would be forced to provide
their real name - and possibly the general region they live in - in their profile? you want the answer? close to zero.
edit on 31-10-2013 by
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