The new age Golden Rule rules and the Golden Rule from ancient times has become little more than a quaint notion.
a basic principle that should be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity.
“one of the golden rules in this class is punctuality”
the biblical rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12).
noun: Golden Rule; plural noun: Golden Rules
Fair enough, right? But Golden Rules come and go, and the one that seems to have gained some notoriety is one we’ve heard, too.
He who has the gold makes the rules.
What does that have to do with the Mac, iPhone, or anything else Apple makes? Everything. Name the technology gadget maker with the most customers. Apple should be high on your list. Name the technology gadget with a good record on providing those customers with improved privacy and security? Apple should be high on your list, too.
See where this is going?
We pay more for Apple’s technology gadgets because Apple bakes into each one, and the ecosystem in general, the privacy and security that we think we want and need. In other words, we’re willing to pay a little more to get a little more.
Members of the U.S. Congress voted to repeal restrictions on internet providers who were not allowed to sell a customer’s browsing history or other online data– without our consent. When President Trump signs the measure into law, internet privacy as we once knew it– yesterday– will be history and we enter a new era where privacy and security may still be available but to the highest bidder.
Remember back when Verizon was fined more than $1-million because they inserted tracking cookies into customer internet browsing sessions. Verizon made money with those illegal shenanigans and now there’s nothing to stop them. Not only will Verizon and other internet service providers be able to collect data from our internet usage, they’ll be able to make money it, and if we want better privacy and security, well, we’ll just have to ante up because there’s likely to be a price tag for that, too.
Are there alternatives to this legal scam?
Yes. And they’re everywhere. For a price. Think VPNs; virtual private networks which let an internet browser skip over the local ISP and avoid all that tracking. For a price. VPNs are growing rapidly in popularity because the internet isn’t a safe place to be, and government actions are about to make it even less safe now that your friendly ISP can track your search engine keywords, track which websites you visit, which photos and videos you view, and basically watch what you do online and make money from the data it collects.
Thank you, Apple, for helping technology gadget users have a modicum of privacy and security with our Macs, iPhones, and iPads, but why not use some of that $200-billion or so that is sitting around gathering digital dust and use it to build the world’s largest VPN, one which only your customers can use.
Just add the monthly fee to my iTunes account.