Social Networking is also “Privacy” Networking

Posted on November 13, 2009

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Do you lock your doors at night? Password protected your phone so no one can access it? How about your list of favorite hangouts, most listened to songs, or who you hangout with are all private right? Well… probably not, thanks to Mr. internet your information is scattered all over the place just like an Easter egg hunt for whoever is looking.

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Twitter, Facebook, and so on

You might think you’re daily breakfast ritual is of no interest to anyone (in which case, why are you tweeting about it?) but your membership of social network sites often reveals far more about you than you realise.

Aside from the unintended consequences of giving away your date of birth, pet’s names, home address and phone number (a gift to identity thieves) it also reveals the company you keep and can tell potential recruiters/employers what you’re really like outside the 9-to-5.

Are you sure you really want to post another pic of you lying drunk in a gutter, or passed out half naked with people drawing things on your face that will insult your mother? Think again.

 

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So you downloaded the American Idol cover and then decided to share it with friends? Doh! Every thing that you buy is tagged with your ID, so Apple or anyone else for that matter can identify you and potentially serve you with a lawsuit when that file pops up on a file-sharing site for everyone else to download.

If that wasn’t enough Genius actually scours the contents of your iTunes library to identify your viewing and listening habits and then targets you with more of the same. Customer service to some, downright intrusion to others. Thank goodness you can choose to switch it off.

(via TechRadar)

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