People Know It’s Dangerous … But They Still Do It

According to a new report by the ISACA, ‘Nearly 60 percent of smartphone users employ apps that access their location data despite having concerns about risks to their privacy and even personal safety.’ So basically although they know the risks, people weigh them and consider the benefits worthwhile. Or do they? Do people really get it? Are they really aware of the risks. It’s intriguing that many people are more concerned about the inconvenience of having advertisers drown them with offers than those with criminal intent mining the social media and using geolocation apps to target victims. What do you think??

7 thoughts on “People Know It’s Dangerous … But They Still Do It”

  1. While I was researching our group project I came across an interesting article that relates to this subject. But one paragraph in particular caught my attention.

    “The idea that governments should be transparent may be ideal for many, but in practice we seem to have it backwards. Instead, we give up location data voluntarily by checking in at locations and events and we publically post dozens of pictures of our faces to Instagram. In the case of Japan’s leading social network, Line, the voluntary aspect is being called into question.”

    This goes back to the question asked on twitter at the start of the course, what kind of privacy do we have and what do we expect.

    http://socialtimes.com/kind-privacy-really-want_b139155

  2. People know the health risks associated with smoking, eating fast food, living under power lines, etc but they choose to live in the moment and conveniently forget when they light a cigarette or bite into a deep fried mars bar. I suspect most people have the same feelings towards the security risks and geo location capabilities.

  3. I think at the moment people are prepared for their location
    data to be used as they think it will be beneficial at some point. I would also think most people want to believe that app developers are honest and security aware so that the app is not open to a malware threat. I think people also realise that the security in place before you download an app from Apple or Google is up to spec. However users with jailbroken devices should pay more attention

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/22/partnership-with-chinese-app-store-shines-a-light-on-the-hidden-world-of-jailbreak-groups/

  4. How scary is this is this video? By using Instagram this guy can find out personal details about complete strangers that are in the same location as him. And he goes up to them in public and confronts them. I think putting your location out there is very dangerous and irresponsible, I cannot understand sites like Foursqure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P_0s1TYpJU

    1. Great video Elaine, it’s the perfect example of how oblivious people are. It’s scary how amazed they all are that a total stranger knows all that information about them. Also I think it shows you that people just accept settings on their smartphones without thinking of the
      consequences.

      The funniest is the guy who is annoyed and says “Thanks for invading my privacy”, and he’s the idiot that has posted the information on the internet in the first place. I think people need
      to wise up. I would be most worried about the current trend, of young girls posting photos of themselves all dolled up for a night out then any creep can locate them using their smartphone.

      I have to say I’m probably the other extreme and totally paranoid about my online presence. I think we all need to be more aware of the information we post and try to find a happy medium.

  5. Interestingly we covered location based services in our group assignment and discovered some scary truths about been tracked. The FBI have posted a cyber-alert for kids and parents warning them of the dangers and how to turn off geotagging in photographs. http://digitalbedouin.com/iscourse/2012/04/05/people-know-its-dangerous-but-they-still-do-it/
    Most people do not realise that since the first iPhone photos are automatically geotagged and this information is held within the metadata when you email it or post it online. It is as easy downloading Googles free photo editing software Picasa to view the location the photo has been taken.

  6. This video is a light hearted view of what is quite scary for me. “Most people don’t realise” is a phrase bandied about as though most of us are casual about our privacy. However it can be a bit of a maze and changes to default settings and exchange of information with 3rd party apps only adds to the confusion.

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