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As Internet users share more information, there is a growing risk of privacy issues

The use of smartphones and other internet-enabled devices has created a rising interest in online spying by regular PC users, as the number of for-pay snooping services also increases.

"Everyone’s checking out everyone else," said Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys IT security risk company analyst, in an interview with the
San Jose Mercury News.  "Once you put information online, it’s there forever. So you can look someone up on Facebook, look at their house on Google Earth and follow them around on Twitter."

High school and college students also are more likely to openly share information through e-mail, social networking, and other online options.  At first glance, this activity doesn't seem overly dangerous, but it's becoming even easier to find information as more users open up about their activities.

A recent news report from the United Kingdom revealed an increasing number of UK internet users are limiting the amount of information shared on their profiles.  Specifically, 80% of the people surveyed in the annual report said they have privacy settings in place -- near 30% increase in three years -- as privacy groups continue warning users not to share too much information.

In the future, school administrators plan to work with parents and students to help educate them on the dangers of sharing too much information online.



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I always put my info online
By JediJeb on 5/17/2010 5:59:16 PM , Rating: 4
Everybody knows I am Darth Skywalker and that I am from Mos Eisley, Tatooine. Honest, I never lie when filling out those information forms!




RE: I always put my info online
By Stublore on 5/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: I always put my info online
By wifiwolf on 5/20/2010 3:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
you're kidding, right?


RE: I always put my info online
By Lord 666 on 5/17/2010 9:55:48 PM , Rating: 2
You were the chosen one! You were the one to bring balance to the force!

How could you be Darth Shywalker if you are Jedi Jeb?!?


RE: I always put my info online
By quiksilvr on 5/18/2010 3:59:01 PM , Rating: 3
Uh...doesn't that bring balance? He's Darth and Jedi.


RE: I always put my info online
By Lord 666 on 5/18/2010 9:40:50 PM , Rating: 2
You have much to learn young padawan. I was quoting "Revenge of the Sith."

Obi - "You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness."

That horrible actor who pretended to be Anakin/Lord Vader - "I hate you"

Obi - "You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you."


RE: I always put my info online
By wifiwolf on 5/20/2010 3:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Anyway, the balance he brought.


RE: I always put my info online
By thekdub on 5/17/2010 10:04:40 PM , Rating: 3
Shoot, so you're not the droid I was looking for?


RE: I always put my info online
By CZroe on 5/18/2010 2:21:04 AM , Rating: 3
I guess the "long long time ago" part gets you past the age gates but what about those location-aware regional sites (Hulu, iPlayer, etc)? Does using a proxy or IP tunnel from a galaxy far, far, away ever cause any issues?


RE: I always put my info online
By MadMan007 on 5/18/2010 2:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
I hear throughput is OK but latency is a b*tch.


RE: I always put my info online
By surt on 5/18/2010 3:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
So Dave,
The problem is that your web browser is uniquely identifiable, and so, as you fill out false info in those forms, we still know who you really are. All you have to do is log into one system authentically, ever, and you are screwed.


RE: I always put my info online
By JediJeb on 5/18/2010 5:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
Linux, Anonamizer, and knowing where that data is stored works wonders ;)

Too hard to erase your tracks in Windows.


'tis true...
By appleitis on 5/19/2010 2:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
The Internet DOES let you spy on amateurs...I have seen a few videos of them...




RE: 'tis true...
By jdsal on 5/19/2010 2:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
Me too, but the best videos usually have your mom in them!


RE: 'tis true...
By Kaiser Hameed Khan on 5/20/2010 5:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
You must be brothers because you recognised your brothers mum instantly!


RE: 'tis true...
By jdsal on 5/20/2010 10:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, I thought that birthmark was familiar. =)


By Smartless on 5/17/2010 5:42:19 PM , Rating: 4
But than again, that's what the internet is best at. Sharing too much information. I think its great that we can learn so many things from around the world but since information itself has no morals, its a double-edged sword. You know, I've always wondered if crimes, disasters, and numerous other big and small activities have escalated in the past century or do we just know more about them?




By mcnabney on 5/17/2010 7:20:23 PM , Rating: 3
It is the reporting. Ask any random person if they think crime, or murder, or child molestation is up. Most people think that the tragedies on TV are commonplace, but in truth all forms of crime are way, way down.


Familiar
By HostileEffect on 5/17/2010 5:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Most anyone who has spent a few years around computers and electronic devices can figure out all sorts of mischievous things to do with them.

Even a ten year old knows how to reset the router password and screw with the quality of service settings.




RE: Familiar
By theArchMichael on 5/17/2010 7:51:17 PM , Rating: 3
Fishing for compliments? jk ;-)


haha :)
By falc0ne on 5/18/2010 5:02:25 AM , Rating: 3
I couldn't help it : the correct title would have been : "amateurs able to spy on other amateurs"




RE: haha :)
By nafhan on 5/18/2010 8:35:59 AM , Rating: 2
True, but that's also the same as saying most people are able to spy on most other people. Even knowing that security settings exist probably puts you towards the front of the pack as far as online privacy goes.


"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis











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