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The IPv6 Problem is IPv4

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At the end of the day, most engineers want to implement IPv6 because they know, deep down, that it is an eventual necessity.  One problem is that no one is talking about quitting IPv4. If you add IPv6 to your network, you increase costs, complexity and operations. IPv4 is going to be around for 25 […]

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Data Privacy In Today’s World

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There is one thing that we all can relate to living in a modern and digitally-centered world like what we have right now, the prevalence and importance of data. As businesses and organizations take their products and services on the web, we have seen an increase in user activity and the rapid rise of data proliferating both online and offline. It is a must for data now to go digital for easy access and billions of data about almost everyone in the world right now can be accessed by just a click of the button.

While we may consider this advancement pretty convenient for many of us, it has also raised privacy issues especially that most of the time these users are not aware that their data can be accessed by third parties without their knowledge nor which of their sensitive information is readily available to others. A lot of tech users feel helpless over their own data when in reality they share too much information on social media and other online platforms without really knowing how this information is utilized. Should we really be concerned about data privacy in today’s world?

“Google does a good job of protecting your data from hackers, protecting you from phishing, making it easier to zero out your search history or go incognito,” says Douglas Schmidt, a computer science researcher at Vanderbilt University who has studied Google’s user data collection and retention policies. “But their business model is to collect as much data about you as possible and cross-correlate it so they can try to link your online persona with your offline persona. This tracking is just absolutely essential to their business. ‘Surveillance capitalism’ is a perfect phrase for it.”

And yet Google has also played a major role in creating the superstructure of what corporate user data protections and transparency mechanisms look like today. 

(Via: https://www.wired.com/story/google-privacy-data/)

To think about the amount of data circulating in today’s world can be both baffling and scary especially for ordinary individuals who are pretty much powerless in this entire equation. You have no idea that even simple online searches you make are all saved and used to categorize you as a consumer. Not all the time you agree for all your data to be used without your knowledge but since most of us frequent the web on a daily basis, the amount of digital footprint you leave continues to accumulate and you can no longer keep track which ones you don’t want to share to others and want to keep private.

Not only does encryption give us peace of mind as we shop, bet online or send “spicy memes” to our friends while bored at work — it is also a vital source of protection against cybercrime and identity theft.

Weakening encryption might assist the government in spying on suspected criminals, but it is also ripe

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