Technology can expose you, but it can also protect you.
One Texas man is very grateful for two technologies at his disposal that, he believes, secured his son's FedEx delivery.
First, there was his surveillance camera. For all the world it seemed as if someone had wandered up to his front door and availed himself of a package left by FedEx. Inside the package was a Houston Rockets sweater meant for Texan Jeff Turner's son. However, someone with a face disguised by a pulled-up sweatshirt could be seen picking it up and walking away with it.
When he was arrested at his Chicago home in 2012 for hacking the website of security think tank Stratfor, the dreadlocked Jeremy Hammond was the FBI's most wanted cybercriminal.
Authorities tracked him down with the help of top LulzSec member Hector Xavier Monsegur. But it has never been known how they managed to shut the lid of him computer, effectively encrypting the contents of Hammond's hard drive, which the hacker was able to encrypt as agents armed with assault rifles were raiding his home.
The campuses of the tech industry are famous for their lavish cafeterias, cushy shuttles, and on-site laundry services. But on a muggy February afternoon, some of these companies’ most important work is being done 7,000 miles away, on the second floor of a former elementary school at the end of a row of auto mechanics’ stalls in Bacoor, a gritty Filipino town 13 miles southwest of Manila. When I climb the building’s narrow stairwell, I need to press against the wall to slide by workers heading down for a smoke break.
When the Internet was still in its infancy in terms of social interaction, there were forums, chat rooms, and message boards. These were the primary means of finding anonymous people with related interests and creating connections. Facebook is aiming to reinvigorate this type of interaction by introducing a new iOS app called Rooms.
Facebook has long attempted to be the place where, above all else, you try to be yourself.
Soon, Facebook will allow you to be yourself, but under a different name.