Digitalshadow.com is an alternate reality game. It is used to show you just how vulnerable your information is and how if you post your personal information it can be easily accessed. I logged into Facebook to use this and it displayed all of my personal information such as my age, who I am, who I care about, my potential stalkers, liabilities, obsessions, and scapegoats. It posted how they know what makes me tick and when i’m most vulnerable which was Monday nights because of my constant connectivity. It attempted to generate my password and posted photos of me that I was tagged in by my friends. I definitely believe that there might be a more powerful / better functioning example that is coded by professional data miners. If a website can show me this by the click of a button and display all of that information, there is no doubt in my mind that a professional would be able to dig even deeper. This goes to show how just because you set your profile to “private”, your information is definitely not private. This definitely opened my eyes and makes me think about deleting all of my social media profiles. As stated on the Digitalshadow.com website, “Your data casts a digital shadow that grows with every online interaction and can be tracked, monitored, and used against you. Every photo, every email, every purchase. Everything you’ve ever done in the digital world can follow you into the real world. Your actions leave you exposed.”
When you post pictures and photos online, you are making it easier for someone to research you or someone you know. Once you post a picture online it is there for everyone to see. Usually it would be linked to your social media account where there would be more pictures and information about yourself. The better the picture is or the better you look in a picture could attract more people to your profile. Depending on who checks out your information could be dangerous. If you add a group picture of you and your friends and you tag them, their profile will also be able to be accessed. If someone is going for a job interview and I tag a picture of you partying, I could potentially be hurting your career. Once they have your names and pictures, they could do all sort searches to find more about you. Once you put up a picture it could also be found other places than your page. One day I decided to google search myself and saw that there were pictures of me on Google images even though my profile was private. People could start a fake page and pretend they are you or even post it on an inappropriate site. It is very important to keep your social media profiles private and with little information revealing as possible.
With wearable technology such as Google glass, I believe there will be an increase in the crowdsourcing of surveillance. Google glass allows you to take pictures and record video without other knowing. Someone could be walking behind you in the street and watching/recording your every move. They then have the power to upload it or do what they please with it. Yes the same goes with an iPhone or any other camera but the Google glass is way more discreet. Plus many people do not even know what Google Glass is or does. I understand the government and others want to increase the amount of surveillance to catch criminals and terrorists but for innocent people I believe it is a total invasion of privacy. Nothing is private anymore.