With the advent of digital cameras and high-speed networking, it’s become easier than ever for the government (and other people) to spy on us at every turn. Ordinary Things dives in deep into the double-edged sword of public safety and the loss of privacy that come with mass surveillance.
Digital fingerprinting and identity tracking is a fact of life these days. But did you know that even the pages your printer has been spewing out could be tattling on you? According to this video from Half as Interesting, printer manufacturers have been outputting a hidden serial number onto every sheet of paper for years.
Jumbo is a privacy app that makes it easy to access your social media account’s deletion or security settings. Right now, it lets you delete old tweets and your Google search history, as well as set your Facebook privacy settings. It will soon work with Instagram and Tinder.
Protect your privacy by surfing the web behind an IP address proxy. This lifetime subscription to Hide My IP lets you safely surf behind servers in over 115 locations around the globe, masking your real IP address from hackers and other parties you’d rather not have watching you.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
CGP Grey made two videos firmly arguing against any means, legal or otherwise, to defeat or circumvent digital encryption. As we rely more and more on digital storage and services, the outcome of this fight will affect not just us but also future generations as well.
“I am you right now, if I wanted to be.” Fusion writer Kevin Roose asked white hat hackers and computer security professionals to hack him. For common folk like us, the simplest of tricks – pretending to be someone or something else – is the one thing we should all look out for.