Maintaining privacy on social networks is much like hanging all your dirty laundry on a highway billboard, then asking only your friends to look. While it's possible to avoid sharing your life's story with the entire world, it takes effort.
Ad networks, search engines, Internet service providers, and social networks all track, analyze, and sell almost everything you do online.
When criminals obtain your e-mail address, credit card, or Social Security Number, your information enters an underground economy where it’s sold, bought, and (maybe) eventually used in a crime.
When you browse the Web, it’s like you’ve allowed a bunch of companies to implant a tracking device in your arm and a small camera in your head, recording where you go and what you look at. Thanks to ad networks, search engines, ISPs, and social networks, your online activities are tracked, analyzed, and sold.
Maintaining privacy on social networks is much like hanging all your dirty laundry on a highway billboard—and then asking only your friends to look. While it's possible to avoid sharing your life's story with the entire world, it takes a lot of effort and is often contrary to the goals of the services you use. Remember, these services are free because they’re selling access to you.
In the old days, you probably kept all of your private data on your Mac. Today, your information is most likely stored across multiple Macs, iOS devices, and cloud-based storage services. Fortunately, there are tools that can keep your data safe, no matter where it lies.
Despite Acrobat's vulnerabilities, and its exploitation on Windows, the risk to Mac users today is immeasurably low. We just aren't seeing the attacks, says security expert Rich Mogull.
Articles by Rich Mogull