Smart phones are amazing. 50 years ago who would have predicted that you could hold a device smaller than your hand that could:
Connect with your car
Listen to music
Send text messages (SMS)
Make a video call with someone on the other side of the world
Track your location
Surf the internet
Understand your voice commands
…and loads loads more
Notice anything that could be a security risk from the list above? Well if you listen to the news, you will probably have heard the bad PR iPhone have got themselves by discovering a glitch which showed everywhere their owners had been!
Apple have denied that they have been tracking users, but if someone got hold of an iPhone they would be able to download a list of every place that that phones (and probably it’s user) had been to, via the use of GPS.
A few days later Sony announced that it was taking down its PlayStation Network service, due to hacking which affected 77 million gamers!
Sony say that that the data might have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person” following a hacking attack on its online service. This data it thought to include things like names, passwords, addresses, date of births and email addresses. Another reason why it’s very important not to use one password for everything.
If you think you might have been affected by this other breach in security, check out Sony’s blog post on the issue.
Are we too dependant on technology? Do we give away too much information (often sensitive) about ourselves? Do firms really need all this data from us, and do they need to take a greater responsibility in implementing more measures to keep our info safe?
For 99% of blogs, comments are vital. They are the power behind blogging. People voicing their opinions on things that matter to them.
Not getting me? The comments are the fire of blogging, leading me perfectly onto my analogy of what comments are.
When creating fire you need three things:
The right atmosphere (oxygen rich)
These create fire.
Comments works in a very similar way. Comments also need three things:
The blogosphere – when and where everyone meets and interacts (like the atmosphere)
Articles – the substance to debate argue and discuss (like the fuel of the blogosphere, what it runs off)
Opinions – these are people’s views on things which then cause them to write (like heat)
These three powerful elements create comments. The environment is set, the content is there, people’s opinions are brimming, bring on the comments!
Without comments I doubt that blogging would still be going now. Yes blogging is said to have died multiple times in the last decade, but it still lives on strong, and people like us are leading the community, pushing the boundaries to find new frontiers!
As comments are so valuable, I though it would be a great idea to thank the commenters of this blog, as a way of saying ‘welcome to the community’!
Below is a list of the names of all the authors and commenters that have helped Technology Bloggers through the first 18 days of it’s life.
Over 100 comments from 26 authors (including me) – Wow! Well done everyone 😀