If You Think You’re Anonymous Online, Think Again

If You Think You’re Anonymous Online, Think Again

I just listened to this really great piece on NPR.  Julia Angwin was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.  She is now writing for an independent news organization ProPublica.

It is quite alarming how much information that is gathered about a person digitally.  From how many Google searches are done in a specific time frame and from what you are purchasing on-line.

One very interesting statement that I found was that each time you land on a page on the internet, you are being tracked and also your identity is being auctioned by a data broker.  Records are getting much more precise so that retailers and data brokers can then customize ads for you within seconds.

Did you know that the most used password for the past decade has been 123456.  Now that is a terrible password.  If you have that password, I apologies for calling you out, but it is time to change it. You will get hacked…it is only a matter of time.

Is Free Wi-Fi really free?  Breaking up with Google…why?  Listen to Ms. Angwin’s answer.

What is Duck, Duck, Go?

I love that Ms. Angwin uses the term “Burner Phone”.  If you are a House of Cards or Wired fan, you will know what that means, but if you do not,  listen to find out.

Now do I think that Mr. Angwin is a bit extreme?  Yes, yes I do.  Do I think we should be this extreme? No, but I do think that there are many ways that we can take better care of our digital identity.  The bottom line for me is that this will only get worse and that most people will continue “Business as Usual!”

Thanks for reading and listening.


5 thoughts on “If You Think You’re Anonymous Online, Think Again

  1. Ody February 28, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply

    Even switching to DuckDuckGo, as I’ve done, won’t take away all your search details. Amazon, Zappos, Overstock, etc. all store your data when you search within their sites.

    Ever wonder how they’re able to give you real time traffic data? THEY MONITOR SPEED OF CELL PHONES THAT HAVE LOCATION SERVICES ON. We sign away a lot pf privacy rights away when we don’t read the TOS carefully.

  2. Tom Mussoline February 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Never really thought of the traffic data. Thanks for reading!

  3. Ody February 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Tom, if you have a chance, watch this (it’s long) – it was a keynote address at the PDS conference. Fascinating stuff. I’m also in the opening sequence. <-small claim to fame.

    • Tom Mussoline February 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm Reply

      I will do that. Thank you!

      Tom Mussoline

      MS Academic Technology Coordinator University School of Milwaukee

      tmussoline@usmk12.org 414.540.3247 @tmussoline


  4. lauriebarthwalczak March 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on USM 8th grade English and commented:
    Hey, 8th graders — kind of a follow-up to the discussion we had last week in Advising…

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