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But only after you told us…

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Once upon a time FB thought our data was its BFF. So one could question the advertising campaign from the social media giant as a sop to the regulators. Where was Zuckerberg telling big government that he is not to blame for the FAANG giant’s users voluntarily giving all their information and broadcasting it to the world. While the group may not have asked for express permission, if one’s privacy really mattered that much one wouldn’t be so active in screaming from the mountain tops what, where, how and with who they were active with.

Still better to seek forgiveness, right?

What happens in 60 seconds on the internet?

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Director General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate Yigal Unna posted a snapshot of what we are doing around the world in 60 seconds on the internet. There is a certain sadness to know that more people are swiping on Tinder than posting to Facebook or tweeting. Is it because technology is allowing us to become more transactional? There are more people absorbed by YouTube than searching on Google.

In any event there is a clear understanding that with so many online in any given minute, hackers and nefarious actors are working hard to breach defences. The more worrying aspect is less than 1% of people have cyber protection installed on their smartphones where most spend time accessing the data. So as we allow ourselves an invisible shield of emotional vulnerability protection on social media many of us are fish in a barrel unknowingly awaiting to be shot.

Tricking the boss

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Cricket Australia has an application on its homepage that allows cricket fans the option to keep up to date with a dummy excel spreadsheet that automatically updates the scores. Ingenious? Perhaps but most trading offices one frequents in finance (at least in Australia) broadcast the sports on TV, next to market moving monitors of course!

It was only a decade ago when companies tried to ban the use of Hotmail inside the office, hopefully limiting staff and their ability to converse with head hunters. As nearly everyone is armed with a smart phone these days makes sense to give (not take) everyone access to any sight they wish on the office PC. At least that way IT could track down productivity reports. Imagine your 6 monthly review. “Smith, your activity on Facebook is down 35% over the previous half…but you did promote our dullest products  to a client via Instagram so we’re paying you an extra bonus”