Social Networking

How dangerous is image file metadata?

Unless your digital camera or camera equipped cellphone is more than fifteen (15) years old, the chances are good that any pictures taken with that device contain metadata; which describes the (who, what, where, when and how) conditions under which the picture was taken. The metadata is stored with the picture in an image file, and goes everywhere the file is copied, uploaded or downloaded. But as Catherine (Cat) Schwartz learned in 2003, certain kinds of image file metadata can be rather embarrassing. At the completion of a three (3) month qualitative risk assessment, The Assurer answers the question, “How dangerous is image file metadata?” Some of the more interesting results are that high risk probability for the iPhone 4 decreased 11.5% from the 3gs, while the amount of metadata created by the Droid 2 increased by 16% over the original Motorola Droid…

The so-called Twitter follower “bug”

On May 5, 2010, on an obscure website in Turkey, someone described a method that allows you to make any Twitter user, of your choosing and without their consent, into one of your followers. This is no “bug” folks — It is a backdoor…

Updated — MocoSpace reveals private e-mail addresses

Vulnerabilities exist in social networking sites such as MocoSpace that, when exploited, can disclose the private e-mail address of targeted users. These vulnerabilities are caused by the interaction of the site’s internal e-mail system, with the external e-mail system that hosts a user’s private e-mail account.

The dark side of mobile Augmented Reality

As smartphones become more popular, the use of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) applications has increased. But there lurks a “dark side” to Augmented Reality. One that is not being publicly discussed, that affects us on many personal, civil, criminal, and national security levels.

Bad dog!

They say that “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” But what happens if your ex-boyfriend is a dog, who is hounding you, in an effort to sully your online reputation?

Mitigating social network data leaks

Data leaks on social networking sites allow web surfing behavior to be tracked by third parties.