I’m pretty sure I have blogged about the perils of social networking to personal information a few months ago. Interesting in a recent University course, we had a gentlemen, who was a VP in an organization, state that he didn’t want to disclose the name of the organization in which he worked. Which of course, for me, was all the more reason to find out the company he worked for. 🙂
No doubt, it only took combining a few pieces of publically known information about this fellow, and after a couple of minutes I knew more than one would want or need to know about him (unless you had some unethical purpose in your mind).
As a result, I wrote him a quick note back, here is the note, only slightly modified for contextualization purposes:
Name Omitted –
The Internet is your worst enemy when anonymity is desired, but the second worst enemy is saying "I’d rather not say" [when someone asks you about a piece of information that is probably publically available, but you’d rather not disclose], as this brings a whole lot more probability to the fact that people are going to search for you! 🙂
Which is one reason I am almost positive that the Pentagon intentionally purchased and burned the first printed copies of Operating Dark Heart: to drum up more exposure for the book – then the next real question is "Why". =P
I love the aptly titled Defcon 16/Back Hat presentation: Satan is on my friends list. Anonymity is nearly impossible in today’s connected world!
It’s funny because I have a brother who has tried his hardest to keep all his personal information off of the internet; and no matter what he does, or how hard he tries, Googling his name will bring up information that no one has any idea how it got there. 🙂