Has The Public Gotten Use To Privacy Violations?
We keep talking about how we want to keep our privacy in this new world of information sharing and consumption but that is getting increasingly hard to do. The governments of the free world understand the value of information monitoring and know the merits of not trusting anyone, not even its own people. They know that to protect its sovereignty and its people, it must be willing to violate some trusts. That is why for the past few years any news that relates to breaches or the possibility of one becomes one of the most hotly debated topics on the web. But because this has happened so many times and with the results being so anti-climactic, very few people to actually matter have felt the extreme effects of it, the buzz around the issue is down to a simmer rather than a violent boil. People have slowly become accustomed to putting information in public places and have heard so many news stories about privacy issues, and since they have not felt its repercussions, they have subconsciously dumbed down the threat of such violations.
The public is a fickle creature which can be easily controlled by the mass media. People easily believe what they see and read in news stories being fed to them by the government as long as it comes from “credible” source or there is an “expert” being associated with it. The problem is that some of these news and articles are in some way or another meant to make the public complacent with the growing problems being faced in today’s cyber world which to the dismay of many security experts is still being fanned by the emergence of Cloud Computing services and technologies. Because of Cloud storage and data syncing, it has become very easy for people to get a hold of other’s data just by the information they can find publicly about a person through social networking sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Because as you know, the most basic security questions to retrieve account names and passwords that are being used are simple things like the birthdate, mother’s maiden name, pets, or schools that a person has gone to, all of which are even shared publicly by most people. It’s also easier to track people. For example, the Facebook check-in function may allow another to know a person’s exact location if the check-in has been made public or if the person is a “friend” or has been “followed.” Newer technologies also solidify the apparent privacy concerns we are facing now.
Cloud Computing only serves to provide cyber criminals with a wider market field and a richer source for information. Sure, a lot of measures are being taken to hamper the above threats, but what man has made another man can undo eventually. Our safety now lies in the hands of security experts who are in a constant back and forth dance with cyber criminals.
By Abdul Salam
He has recently co-authored: Deploying and Managing a Cloud Infrastructure: Real-World Skills for the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification (Wiley).