A Facial Recognition Software Can Scan A Photo Of Yours And Reveal Your Most Sensitive Information

PCMag has a piece on a newly developed application which can reveal people’s personal and sensitive data such as a social security number by tapping into facial recognition technology.  According to PCMag, researchers at Carnegie Mellon confidently suggest that they can do this to a total stranger.  Perhaps, someday people who have access to this very application can just take a photo of a passerby and get to know such person intimately in term of identity.

What about people who just go onto Facebook and other social network websites and download strangers’ photos so they can use this facial recognition application to steal people’s identities?  Maybe even a simple photo of your face on the web can totally give up your identity to whoever has access to this very application.

Should people be very careful from now on of how they should post what on the Internet, especially their sensitive information which has now included photos of themselves?  So, a person should not think that they’re anonymous if they post fake profiles, because as long they have real photos of themselves on the web, their identities can be exposed to strangers?  I can go on, but I’m just going to scare everyone!!!  So, check out the source article “Social Security Numbers Revealed … With Facial-Recognition Software?” at PCMag to know more about this scary facial recognition application.

Source:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389540,00.asp

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Your Digital Past Might Haunt You Forever

Have you ever heard the phrase what you say you cannot take it back?  Nowadays, the Internet is having the same problem.  What you post you may not be able to delete or erase.  As the Internet becomes a prominent source for employers and potential partners and business partners and customers, you can never be too careful in posting your contents over the Internet.  People may see you differently face to face, but the information age requires them to dig into your past beyond the handshaking and greeting smile moments.  Posting something that’s stupid or offensive or just plain idiotic on the Internet may make you look bad, but sometimes something may not be true about you is also lurking on the Internet to defame you.  Deleting your own Facebook’s pictures may be easy, but how are you going to go about to remove negative contents about you in multiple digital locations that you have no access to?

According to the article “Erasing the Digital Past” from The New York Times, people who want to bury their digital pasts can seek out reputation management companies for help.  In reality, even these reputation management companies are excellent in burying people’s digital pasts, but they cannot really assure you that everything will be completely buried or erased from the Internet.  Why?  The people behind these companies are just like you except they are dedicated to your cause and have more knowledge on how to convince online companies to remove your digital material and they have resources to make sure they can do what they claim to do for you; in the end it’s still depending on the companies that have your digital past to make a decision in deleting your digital contents.

The true way to keep your digital past safe from everyone is not to have one in the first place.  This way requires you to be really darn sure of what you want to expose about yourself over the Internet.  It means don’t post something you don’t like people to know about you over the Internet.  It also means don’t post something you’ll regret later over the Internet.  It’s very much like the phrase what you say you cannot take it back.  Stick to the idea of what you say or post you cannot take it back can save you tons of money, because you don’t have to worry about paying the specialists who can remove your digital past.  It could get worse in certain cases such as the reputation management specialists had tried their hardest, but yet they could not still completely bury your digital past even though you have spent tons of money on them.  You see the point?

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/fashion/03reputation.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss