Snooping Assignment reflection

Last week we were paired with a classmate and had to spy on them online to find as much as possible about them. My partner was a ghost online and I wasn’t able to find much besides a LinkedIn, an old address on voterrecords, and the names of a couple relatives.

After we discussed our findings in class, though I was surprised at just how much information you can find on other people. I hadn’t known that voterrecords were public until I did this task and that you can easily find someones current address through that. You can also find apartment floorplans by searching the address, which is someone creepy.

There were also multiple vectors to finding information about a person. Some people were very secretive online, but their relatives were not and classmates were able to find information about that person through their relative.

I found a need to keep a lot more of my info secret online.

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The Last Lecture Thoughts

The main things I got out of The Last Lecture were what Randy Paush said about brick walls being a test to see how much you really want to something, and that those walls are just to keep everyone else out. Be aggressive and push hard to try to accomplish things.

I also was impressed by his optimism and constant complimenting others. This man had accomplished so much but always went out of his way to point out others’ accomplishments.

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Privacy Policy reviews

In class we each went over a privacy policy from a website we used and discussed it in class.

It’s surprising how much is stored in privacy policies that we never think about; I wonder if some of the points were put right up front (such as how much data they sell to advertisers) on the website, would people still use them? I feel like some sites try to make their privacy policy difficult to use or understand because of this.

But other sites try to make it as easy as possible for users to understand. Such as how LinkedIn provides a video version for people. Maybe it’s because their users are smarter when it comes to legal things since it is a business platform.

We hearĀ  a lot how websites track everything we do and that so much of our data is available online to advertisers, but it feels different to actually see it yourself by actually reading the privacy policy.

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