Ivan Schneider: The Internet Loves Birthdays

The Internet has evolved into a machine for drumming up a chorus of "Happy Birthday" messages, from family, friends, friends of friends who you added on Facebook, random people that you circled on G+, and increasingly, automated bots. Enough already.
8/27/2013 | 69 comments
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Marif   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/7/2013 7:55:20 AM
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You are right Susan, this level of awareness should be there with the common user as the enterprises invest heavily on their security so this segment remains the most vulnerable to hacking. If the customer is using a web service of the financial institution, it is necessary for the institution to educate their customers so they will be a kind of safe. But on the other hand, talking about ethical hacking, the social websties doesn't restrict their users on sharing anything, where they are the most vulnerable.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/6/2013 12:58:49 PM
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@Marif: Hmmm...I understand the spirit of what you're saying. It's basically "ignorance is bliss."

To an extent that is true, though there are basic things people can learn to help minimize their risks, for example the obvious things like not clicking on an email link if you're not sure of the source. Not storing your credit card information in retail websites, no matter how secure they say they are (I have a friend who was recently hacked this way). A little awareness can go a lot way.

Marif   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/1/2013 9:04:05 AM
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@Susan: you are right the security awareness in general public is very low. But people are living their life happily even without this awareness. So if they will be come to know about these kinds of security breaches this will me them concerned about something for which they can do almost nothing.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   10/31/2013 7:10:41 PM
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@Marif: Awareness in the general public is low. They read about these things even in the headlines but don't really understand how it will affect them or what kind of danger they might be in.

It's only a fluke when most poeple discover they've been hacked, who knows how many stolen identities are out there that we are unaware of.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   10/31/2013 6:55:25 PM
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@Taimoor: I didn't know aobut this feature on FB, thank you! Going to activate it right away.

I'm glad things turned out ok for your sister in the end and that FB did right by her.
The_Phil   The Internet Loves Birthdays   10/31/2013 9:48:10 AM
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Wow I was unaware of those settings. I should update asap.

Was it made clear how they replicated the account?
Marif   The Internet Loves Birthdays   10/31/2013 7:35:27 AM
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@Susan: other than accustomed, we have unintentionally defined the boundary of breach in our minds. Common user only consider a breach when he will come to know that his email or social media account has been hacked or when someone close to him tells him about his secret. Otherwise we normally don't bother who else can or have hacked my information. I don't know, from the security breach at adobe, how many effected will take it more than just a news, except the enterprises.
Taimoor Zubair   The Internet Loves Birthdays   10/31/2013 3:57:46 AM
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The same thing happened to my sister. Someone hacked her account and also made a replica of her profile with the exact information, pictures and updates.

But our experience with facebook management was good. Their is an option to nominate three people you trust when you make your account. ( or later on if you adjust your private settings) . That saved her as fb asked for verification of identity from these three close friends whom she had immediately informed about the hacking. I would say although there was a delay of 2 days , fb did a good job in the end.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   9/20/2013 6:58:23 PM
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@Nomi: Yes, it's going to require pepole collectively speaking out and organizing their activities to make it clear that we've had enough.

Unfortunately, we have become so accustomed to our pirvacy being violated that it's no longer alarming and most people seem unaware at best and apathetic at worst. In fact, I have to say at many times i'm guilty of falling into the apathy camp myself because the issues just seems so overwhelming and unsolvable. 
Nomi   The Internet Loves Birthdays   9/20/2013 4:15:22 AM
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@Susan I am also afraid that things are not very pleasant and till the time we cannot control the lives of people keep on getting ruined. I feel that we need to find a way and quick. What do you say?
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