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This is scary, folks . . .

by Coryphaeus / February 9, 2012 6:41 AM PST
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I don't put anything on Facebook I don't want the whole
by Diana Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 6:59 AM PST

world to see.


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by Josh K / February 9, 2012 10:07 PM PST

Facebook is free and voluntary. Don't post anything on there that you don't want being made public or used by Facebook for its marketing. Same goes for Cnet.

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We get no respect...
by Willy / February 9, 2012 11:06 PM PST

This is the end result of having a past Prez. getting his way and now because they got away with that, they wander into other areas. For all intents and purposes, stuff gets smeared all over. But, at the same time, these social links are a "gold mine" to anyone that has a need or desire for even the most mundane info and here it's practically within reach. Now, you know where all those $Ms or $Bs of political $ get spend for. What about the internal use from same social links to other corp. poo-poo's out there, it's ready cash if they sell it. It's as if, someone comes to your trash can every night and catalogs your waste. What may appears worthless on that level becomes value to someone else, if they deem it worthwhile. Which is why, I don't fall for "loyal consumer cards" that are used at chain stores which monitor your purchases, come on!!! you want to know about my toothpaste and tissue use, etc.. yada-yada-yada... -----Willy Happy

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It's not just the web. It's your software too.
by grimgraphix / February 10, 2012 2:14 AM PST
iPhone apps Path and Hipster offer address-book apology...

The makers of two iPhone apps have apologised after it emerged they had uploaded users address-book information without explicit permission. Arun Thampi, a software developer, first drew attention to the issue with Path in a blog post after he discovered that his phone's address book was being sent to the company's servers without his permission.

One of the things that makes apple a bit safer than windows is you have to install all the programs yourself since apple doesn't use executable files. Still, it is up to the user to find out just what the programs they are installing actually do. Unfortunately, most people (including myself) are not sophisticated enough to discover every single thing a program on their computer does. Here we have an example of 2 apple IOS apps that upload your entire address book to remote servers - without your knowledge or permission... all in the name of social networking.

IOS is the mobile version of apple operating systems, for those who don't know. It's the OS you find on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It seems to me that people's mobile devices are the new back door into hacking people's personal information. I carry much of my personal info on my mobile devices but I also have an app that double encrypts it.

I do not use cloud storage to back up my mobile devices... yet. However, cloud storage is the wave of the future if one is to give credence to current developers ideas about future trends and tech. Pretty soon, if tech companies have their way, all ones personal files will be remotely stored and remotely accessed. You won't have programs on your computer, you will just use what is out there and pay per use. What is going to guarantee one's privacy then?
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