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Cloud Storage: A Goldmine for Hackers?

Although some people may believe “cloud storage” has something to do with weather fronts, it’s simply an easy way for anyone to save data with a remote, third-party database. And it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Any time you use Gmail to send an email, or upload photos to Shutterfly, as just two examples, you’re entrusting your personal and sensitive information to cloud storage. Read More

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Generational Views On Privacy, Facebook, and Geo-Tagging: Who Owns Our Personal Information?

An article from Private WiFi's CEO, Kent Lawson, raised interesting points about online privacy attitudes among younger people.

The article presented some interesting thoughts from Ella Hickson, a young playwright.

Ella notes she is more aware of the value of privacy and puts forth the idea that most of the younger generation thinks in terms of an “inner circle of friends” and “our public self.” Read More

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Professor Uses Online, Offline Data to Connect the Dots Of Your Digital Life

Even before its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, Facebook was home to more than 60 billion photos and was adding about 250 million more each day.

But what if those photos -- even your photos -- could lead people to identity you offline?

Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher conducted an experiment by "connecting the dots" in people's digital lives via off-the-shelf facial-recognition software. The researcher, Alessandro Acquisiti, was able to match subjects whose photos were posted on a dating site to their profile photos on Facebook. Read More

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Is the Webcam Hacker Watching?

The more ubiquitous cameras become, the less we're aware they're even there, according to a new article from GQ.

The web cameras "stare out at us blankly from our phones and laptops, our Xboxes and iPads, a billion eyes and ears just waiting to be turned on. But what if they were switched on--by someone else--when you least expected it? How would you feel, how would you behave, if the devices that surround your life were suddenly turned against you?" Read More

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2012 Trends: Big Data, Privacy Concerns, Identity Authentication At the Forefront

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University has published an article written by Amy Webb, the head of the digital ideas and strategy agency Webbmedia Group, weighing in with predictions for the big tech trends of 2012.

Webb offers an entire sub-section to privacy concerns, noting that Americans are uploading millions of photos every day to social networks. Read More

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Digital Photos Hide Data — and Cyberstalkers Can Find It, Expert Warns

Because smartphones encode a GPS stamp called a geotag on all digital photos, criminals could look at publicly available photos online and use that data to figure out your address or plan a crime spree based on your usual patterns. Before you upload any photos to social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, or share the photos online in any way, check out this FoxNews.com article, which has tips on ways to disable geotagging on most phones.

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