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Getting intimate with strangers ... : Comments

By Chris Abood, published 17/12/2007

We bare our souls to the world and donít care who is watching. But watching they are. And they want your life and identity.

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After reading this article I reviewed my Facebook entry and deactivated it. This article reinforces the need for vigilant use of internet banking.
Posted by billie, Monday, 17 December 2007 12:37:03 PM
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There have been a number of excellent articles recently on various aspects of interactivity in OLO and this is one of them.

While I'm not generally paranoid about my daily transactions, I am aware that whenever I hand over my keycard, credit card or log on to an external website, that I'm potentially opening myself up to fraud - and I don't mean fraud as in 'do you want to buy a used car?'

I've been concerned for some time about notions of privacy and just how 'deep' nefarious people can penetrate in to our personal lives using the web. The writer clearly knows his stuff and has given me some valuable tips which I'll follow.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 17 December 2007 1:22:26 PM
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We have had a 3 articles on this subject of late. This is by far of the best of them. The first was "The electronic me". In order to make sense of what he was saying you had to be familiar with the current state of the art in online authentication systems. Unless you find computer journals entertaining, you won't be. It was pitched at wrong level entirely. That was a pity, as it looked rather good.

The second "Be alert, be alarmed!" which was description how current viruses attack computers. It used nice impressive looking words that made them sound really dangerous. The author could get a job writing ad's for virus scanning software. But in the end, sentences like "identity management systems need to provide adequate usability and should have a simple and intuitive interface" tell you nothing you didn't already know.

In contrast, this one described real world threats and the simple defences you can take, and whats more did it in plain English. Well done, Chris.
Posted by rstuart, Monday, 17 December 2007 1:30:42 PM
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I agree with the others... thanks. Excellent article and tips that I will take on board.
Posted by ybgirp, Monday, 17 December 2007 4:09:58 PM
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Damned fine article, and made more credible by Mr Abood's intimate involvement in the area.

In my early teens I was caught by a cop and dragged by the ear to his station where I weeded his roses for an hour. I respected the law from then on. In my mid 40's I was punished when the yellow slip from one of my Bankcard transactions was taken from the rubbish and the details were used to order magazines for someone else, costing me a lot of money and time to correct. I now respect my privacy.

The precdautions suggested by the author used to be considered as paranoid, now they must be considered by everyone as routine, commonplace and sensible.

I can only add that whenever it becomes necessary to hand over any sort of documentation for ID, that you ascertain the identity and purpose of the person and/or organisation requiring it, WRITE IT DOWN, date it and sign it; preferably in a diary as they are considered legal documents in a pinch.
Posted by enkew, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 7:22:57 AM
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Worry you guys! or buy a mac, they are not worth the effort to write code for as they are only 5% of the market. The windows operating system is a dog.
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Posted by fluff4, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 9:22:55 AM
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