Do you actually value your privacy?

Many years ago, on a great satire TV show named "Top Lista Nadrealista" - "The Surrealists Top Chart" I watched a sketch named "Do you want to be anonymous".

The sketch presented a TV crew walking through Sarajevo asking random people do they want to be anonymous. 
Everyone on that sketch claimed to want to be anonymous while wilfully giving all kinds of personal information just to be on TV. 

Today I witnessed the same level desire for 'anonymity' by more than 500 people on Linkedin. A user on Linkedin posted the image below, and it got more than 500 responses so far. 

It took some 2 minutes to grab the entire comment thread in a single page and another 5 minutes to make a regex to filter the actual e-mail addresses. 

Why is this important?
It's the year 2014, and with a simple offer of Linkedin contacts, one can collect a very nice amount of high quality e-mail addresses (valid, regularly read addresses) for spamming, phishing, spear phasing etc...

Ask yourself - do you wish to be anonymous, or are you willing to give you privacy away for a minute on TV or a connection on social networks??

Here is an anonymised sample of what can be read.

Contact me for a full list of ANONYMISED addresses if you need them for academic purposes.

What do you think? Tell Us in the comments!

We are all Persons of Interest

We provide a huge amount of information about us to many different online services. Naturally, these companies use that information to understand us in ways we have never imagined with only one goal: Sell products, make money. This process will not stop!

We are living in a new 'industrial revolution' with little regulation and protection. Regulation will happen but very slowly.

In the meantime, we need to understand what is happening, and learn to adjust and live in this new industrial revolution.

We are all persons of interests for the data crunching machine of advertising. We are being watched

You can review the presentation I did at INFOSEK 2013 below:

What do you think about your privacy? Tell us in the comments!

Mac OS X Mavericks - still cannot fully escape the ghost of Steve Jobs

Yesterday evening I took the early adopter plunge and upgraded to Mac OS X Mavericks. My primary curiosity (as well as most others) was the battery life management. I followed the very useful preparatory tips on CNET, and clicked on Install in AppStore.

Mavericks Beach by Shalom Jacobovitz via Wikimedia Commons

How did it go? The upgrade was seamless, and took a total of 1 hour (including the 30 minutes of downloading the OS from AppStore). The installer reported two incompatible apps - Paralels, which I'm not using anyway (just installed a trial once and forgot it) and Onyx, which will be upgraded soon.

My aftermarket SSD continued running happily with TRIM enabled, which is great news, and Safari seems blazing fast. Even some AppStore games are still running well.

Currently my only gripe with Mavericks is the power button. In the great tradition of Steve Jobs, you can't reconfigure the function of the power button, it defaults to sleep and you need to make a long press to force a shutdown. No way to change it. As the great late Steve said:
people don't know what they want until you show it to them.

Was this a good decision? Probably a risky one, to say the least. My usual approach is to wait for the first patchlevel before installing an operating system. I took this step only because I have multiple backups of all important documents on the laptop, and I also have a big set of backup computers.

Should you upgrade to OS X Mavericks? If your hardware and OS level support the free upgrade path, yes. You may want to wait for some months if your Mac is essential and you'll have a lot of grief if it starts failing. You benefit from latest OS on your hardware, and any further development and security support will be focused towards this platform.
Just check whether your apps will run on it or you need to spend a lot of money on new versions, and make a backup!

Will you upgrade to Mavericks? Tell us in the comments!

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