Tech – for Everyone

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Nude Surfing (And More Friday Fun)

Former White House CIO: You Are Naked Online

A former White House CIO and security consultant says people are giving away too much data and personal information online — to the point where the average American is stark naked in a digital sense.

Payton described one consulting client that actually thought its offices were bugged by competitors — but then realized that employees were spreading too much confidential information through social media. “Nobody needs to bug you,” she said. “They just follow you around on FourSquare.“” Read more..

I wonder if people are ever going to wake up? (It is the final days of Internet Safety Awareness Month Stay safe online. Stop. Think. Click.)

Friday Fun 1 (Seems appropriate to revisit)

The dark side of geo:

You know all those people who push their Foursquare and Gowalla locations out onto Twitter? Now there’s an aggregator for aspiring crooks who want to rob their houses.Read more..

Friday Fun 2

Friday Fun 3

Just for giggles, why don’t we play a game. Recognize these?

Let’s spend the day clicking completely random links/entering random search terms, bounce around all over the ‘net, and click on every one of these we see. Let’s do it for, say, an eight hour stretch. You can start with mine.

Friday Fun 4 Need some ideas for good movies to relax and watch this weekend? Check out my Top 30 Movies list, here.

Friday Fun 5 (For the Techies) Paul Vixie (a member of the heroic “Conficker Cabal“) is a very smart man. How do I know? He (seems to) think as I do, but said it long before I thought it (ha!). Here’s his noteworthy 2005 DefCon 13 lecture: The Internet’s March of Folly
(For those of you not holding a Networking cert, watching this might be .. challenging, but you’ll learn all you need to know about this Inter-web-thingy.)

Definition of FOLLY

1: lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight
2: criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct 
3: a foolish act or idea
4: an excessively costly or unprofitable undertaking
5: an often extravagant picturesque building erected to suit a fanciful taste

Today’s quote:The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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June 29, 2012 Posted by | advice, Internet, tech | , , , , | 4 Comments

Please Rob Me Dot Com… Brilliant! posts when you’re not at home

Sometimes you just have to laugh. And today I am laughing in a smug way, I admit.

Because I saw on the front page of my local paper a tech news story (tech? on the front page?) and a Google search showed that all the ‘tech sites’ had similar stories. It seems someone has created a website called (currently offline.. too many hits today, probably).

This website is a mashup of users’ content from Twitter, the extremely popular ‘microblogging’ service, and FourSquare, a site in which users share their location via “geolocation”. PleaseRobMe reformats the information that users make public on FourSquare to read like an alert to a would-be burglar, stating that a user “left home and checked in 12 minutes ago,” followed by the user’s update: “I’m at San Francisco International Airport.”
(FourSquare is not the only ‘location-sharing’ application people are using.)

I am laughing because I have been saying right from the starting gate that “social networks” are fraught with peril for overly chatty users who broadcast too much information. With geolocation enabled, you’re basically saying when nobody’s home, or helping a stalker track you — great idea! (sarcasm)

Further proof to me that Twitter is for twits.. but, hey, “it’s kewel!”
(Great, Paul. You just angered 10 million+ people.. Smart!)

To read the full story, click here. Also, a good read on this here.

Related: How to Avoid Facebook and Twitter Disasters. Take Some Practical Steps To Control What Others See About You.

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February 18, 2010 Posted by | computers, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , | 4 Comments