Reflection 11/19

On Tuesday Dr. Sheffield went over a really cool power point on our digital identities. She started it out showing us a TED video basically about how easy it is for others to find us online. Then she talked about tracking and cookies. I learned that cookies are the digital codes stored in your browser. We also talked about the only way to completely opt out of tracking is to not get on your phone or internet at all. In today’s society, that is nearly impossible. So Dr. Sheffield went over ways to secure your information because there are password crackers that can guess common passwords up to 55 characters long in just seconds. She told us about many password schemas that can be used to ensure that nobody cracks your password. I thought that was very cool the way she makes her passwords having to do with information about astronauts. We talked about ORM which can make positive reviews for you and your site or company. We also talked about data after death. There is a site called ifidie.com where you can leave a special message to send on your social networks after you die. It is kind of creepy but I might would think about doing something like that. I really enjoyed the lecture this day. It informed me of a lot of tools on the web that I was unaware of. I also learned how to secure my passwords better to keep from being hacked into or tracked.

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4 thoughts on “Reflection 11/19

  1. I thought it was very interesting learning about our digital identities. It’s crazy to think that every move we make online is being tracked, and trying to be hacked! I always thought that my passwords were good and secure but after our discussion in class, and seeing Dr. Sheffield’s example of passwords, I now know that hacking and stealing some of my personal information would be very easy… And that is a very scary thought.
    When we went on to talk about “ifidie.com” I thought it was very strange to think about a message that you would want to leave after you die. Although I don’t think I would ever use this website, I can understand the need and why some might.

  2. The TED video definitely opened my eyes to the risk of having my social security number stolen. As far as pictures of me, I don’t really care if people want to use them, but the possibility of someone getting your SS# is something that made me check my Facebook privacy settings.a

  3. Having yourself out on the web is a frightening thought when you really think about it. Any info you have, instantly accessed by potentially millions of others. Luckily, with the precautions she showed us, the risk of losing personal info can be diminished significantly.

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