||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Dumping a Computer
While most people’s activities are legitimate, the above
story serves to highlight the seriousness of removing personal
information before disposing of any computer equipment.
To many, the Internet gives the illusion of
anonymity. This chapter has offered information in an effort to
demonstrate that this anonymity is very limited. Anyone with the
right program, a little time, and basic skills can, in many cases,
uncover a person’s secrets.
E-mail messages that are long forgotten by the
recipient can continue to exist on mail servers well after the
messages were sent. Postings to Internet forums or web-logs (‘blogs)
many times written with very little thought, can remain for years.
This could very well impact the results of
background investigations conducted for a variety of reasons;
business, employment or personal. The various types of information
at risk are:
Criminal records (arrest records).
Civil records (bankruptcy, divorce).
Medical records (from medical and insurance
Personal information (SSN, address,
unlisted phone number).
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