Your Digital John Hancock

Probably the most overlooked rule of the internet is that everything is traceable. From Facebook, to Yik Yak, to your search history. Just because something on the internet doesn’t have your name or an alias you go by next to it doesn’t mean you can assume anonymity, and with this rule, comes the rule that everything on the internet is accessible, one way or another.

We view websites like Facebook and Twitter as “save zones” and don’t really think of these platforms as gold mines for hackers and others attaining access to our info, but we are wrong. The most recent breakdown of security has been with the recent Snapchat hacks. While hackers were not able to breach the official Snapchat servers, they did gain access to a third party who stores images for users who want to keep their pictures, and in doing so, the hackers leaked around 100,000 photos to the public.

This is not the only massive breach of security in this age, but its the most recent and serves as a chilling reminder that everything you do on the internet can be traced back to you. While the internet  and social media in particular are there for the benefit of the public, and can serve as incredible platforms for an exchange of ideas and communication, we must never become too comfortable in trusting our identity and personal information to the internet.


3 thoughts on “Your Digital John Hancock

  1. Tommy, you make a very good point. I can relate to how you said that we make Facebook a “safe zone” because that’s where I keep all my photos. It’s definitely true that we don’t think about how advertisers and others are just using that information to learn more about us.


  2. I had no idea about the recent SnapChat hacks! Very interesting. And unsettling that we are at risk on every platform, which of course I feel like we should already know. I hope that posts like this will make people reevaluate the kinds of photos and personal information they post. The more I hear, the more I certainly do.
    I hope, in the future, there will be a way to defend against that, but then I guess that would hinder our somewhat complete online freedoms. It’s certainly a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing!


  3. rar11b says:

    I loved the title, it definitely caught my attention and made me want to read the rest of your post. I think you are so on point with the fact that people overlook the fact that their internet interactions can be traced. There is no anonymity when it comes to social media apps regardless of what users speak. I was reading about the snapchat hacks this morning and I was really intrigued by the way the company handled it. They simply claimed that if you don’t want questionable photos being discovered, you shouldn’t send them. I thought it was really interesting how they really made no bones about the fact that the information really doesn’t automatically disappear and that it’s the users decision to accept that or not.


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