Monday, September 29, 2008

Privacy on a Blog?

I guess everyone has to decide how much information they want about themselves floating around on the Internet. For me, having this journal on the Internet has helped as a motivation for timely entries. I’ve been doing it for just over 3 years now and have averaged about a post a week. (Now why anyone would want to read it? That is harder to answer.) One thing that people ask though is why I use initials instead of names. I think a perfect example just happened in the news.
The current Republican Vice-President nominee, Sarah Palin, somehow had it exposed in the news that she was using a yahoo email account. (I won’t get into the legality of using a private email address for official government purposes because this is not a political blog.) It only took a couple of days before the account was taken over by a college student and everyone was looking at her personal family pictures and reading her business mail. The point was there was no hacking (or cracking) involved. The person used publicly available information on where she had met her husband as the security question to reset the password.
So moral of the story. If you are going to put personal information on the internet such as birthdate don’t link it to your name. Also, don’t use real information for security questions; but that’s another story.

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