icanstalku

13 Dec

I encountered this website ,iCANSTALKU, googling “digital stalking” and just how easy it is to stalk people that already publish what seems to be every thought they have online. This search brought me to this site that keeps track of people across the globe and can give u a very detailed account of what they’re doing, where they are, more precise would be just their daily agenda. The age old saying, “some things are better left unsaid”, seemingly has died in this day when our photos can be read without any words on them by geotagging which is predominately done with the use of smart phones. Most people that use social networking take pictures of their life and post them online and these photos are taken with their mobile device which more time than not have cameras that have hardware on them to add geolocation to the photos by default. With that being the case, there are many people that neglect to check the settings on their mobile devices and are quite honestly, scared to change them because they fear damaging the phone which they probably paid about half a grand for. This site gives helpful tips on how easy it is to change your settings on your data device but mainly scares the crap literally out of you and how much we live in this public forum.

Informational Video: Firesheep

13 Dec

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New Twitter hijack turns accounts into spammers

13 Dec

A new virus advertising acai berries has spread like wild fire through Twitter. Infected accounts post about acai berries, providing a link which will infect the next account, and everything goes downhill from there. My best advice is not to click on any links for acainews.com, the apparent culprit.

For more information, check out Mashable’s article: http://mashable.com/2010/12/13/acai-berry-twitter-worm-warning/

Facebook Updates its Mobile Privacy Dashboard

12 Dec

Facebook has gotten a lot of flak for their privacy controls, and hell, some of it has come from here, but let’s put that behind us for the moment. Facebook is updating their mobile privacy controls to help users keep track of their data flow.

Below is an excerpt from Tech Crunch’s article about the upgrade. As you’re reading, keep in mind these new controls won’t help you retrieve data you’ve sent out over the years. They just help you better control privacy in the future. It’s not ideal, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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EPIC files suit against DHS for use of body scanners

11 Dec

Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homland Security for what they called the “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective” use of full body scanners by the TSA.

EPIC’s stance is that the full body scans violate the Privacy Act because they create a system of records containing air travelers’ personally identifiable information. They argue the TSA did not publish  a “system of records notice” in the Federal Register, making them uncompliant with the Privacy Act.

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Google DoubleClick serves malicious ad. Seriously.

11 Dec

Two days ago I posted about Google’s recent string of fiascos. Now one of the ads hosted through their DoubleClick ad service has been outed as malware. Seriously Google, are you trying to give your PR team a collective heart attack?

The malware infects users who visit a page where an infected banner ad is displayed. It’s installed as a drive-by download, meaning that users don’t have to click on the ad to be infected, they just have to visit a website when the ad appears on the page. – Threat Level article

The ad was a copy of a gift card ad for Target, and was distributed by AdShufffle (three f’s). The company seems to have stolen their name as well, basing it on AdShuffle, a legitimate advertiser. The fake ad appeared on Runnersworld.com and OrganicGardening.com, but has been removed.

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Privacy Bills in Congress

9 Dec

Sens. George Allen and Ernest F. Hollings discuss Internet privacy bills at a Senate Commerce meeting.

PogoWasRight.com has done a wonderful thing and compiled a list of privacy bills in Congress right now.  Below is a shortened list of the most crucial ones. For a full list, click here.

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EU investigates Google on Anti-Trust Charges

9 Dec

Google can’t seem to stay out of trouble for five minutes, can they?

In late October, Google had to apologize for stealing information from unsecured networks, and only recently got cleared of charges by the FTC.  Earlier this month, a commission from the European Union asked Google (and Facebook) to give users more control over their data.

Now, regulators from the European Union are investigating Google on anti-trust charges.

Surprisingly not for privacy violations.

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The U.S. Army Wants YOU to Practice Safe Geotagging

29 Nov

Credit: Lars PlougmannLast week, The U.S. Army slideshare was provided with a 20 page slideshow on geotagging safety. The funny thing about the slideshow is that it’s like Big Brother handing out tips  about where you may find him lurking. Most of this info is aimed at members of the military and those associated with them, but the average person may find value in this information as well.

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Instructional Video: Physical Data Mining Prevention Tips.

24 Nov

Ever realize that you are being tracked with every action you take? Did you know that you can be tracked by using your credit/debit card? Here are a few steps you can take to help hide your trail.