Last year a student at New York University threw out an interesting challenge – via a Kickstarter campaign, he offered to divulge 60 days worth of private data gleaned from his digital devices.
He raised $2,733 from 213 backers.
And earlier this year, a research team at the University of Trento in Italy reeled in 60 people and their smart phones to participate in an experiment that recorded various personal details and created a marketplace to sell the data. These included phone calls, apps being used, time spent on them, photographs taken, and users’ locations 24/7.
Each week, as reported by MIT Technology Review, the participants took part in an auction to sell the data, e.g., they might want to sell a specific GPS location or total distance traveled, or locations visited on a given day.
While reporting all results could be the topic of another post, in brief, Jacopo Staiano, who headed up the research team, said there were a few key findings:
• Location is the most valued category of personally identifiable information;
• Participants valued their information more highly on days that were unusual compared to typical days;
• People who traveled more each day tended to value their personal information more highly.
Almost 600 ‘auctions’ were... Read more
When it comes to a typical workday, it’s important that everyone stays on task. Unfortunately, with Internet’s availability, that’s extremely difficult to do. With work often seeming mundane, workers tend to slip off to a website for a few minutes, only to stay there for longer than they originally intended. For that reason, it’s essential that you have a way to monitor employee performance or behavior. Here are a few ways you can do just that.
Rather than sitting there and monitoring each individual website your employees access, cut it out altogether by filtering out certain websites. Sure, this will probably make some people mad, but they weren’t supposed to be accessing them on company time anyway. Make sure to thoroughly ban them, though — many creative employees are finding ways around this, such as accessing the website by IP address instead of web address.
Though this is a much more drastic measure, it’s also a highly effective measure. If you’re just dying to know what your employees do on company time, install a keylogger on their computer. This will record every keystroke registered on the computer, regardless of where it comes from. Keyloggers can be installed to the computer... Read more