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.