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Conversnitch: The Lamp That Live-Tweets Your Private Conversations

Conversnitch: The Lamp That Live-Tweets Your Private Conversations

Turns out you aren’t paranoid after all.

They are out to get you.

Two artists have created Conversnitch, a cheap device that can be easily built into a lamp or bulb that records conversations it hears around it, and posts the results to Twitter.

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The Financial Risks Of Sharing Too Much On Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Financial Risks Of Sharing Too Much On Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media has been a global phenomenon for less than a decade, but the concept of sharing information online on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook with friends, family, co-workers, clients, contacts and, yes, complete strangers, has become effectively second-nature.

We just do it.

Which is all well and good, right up until the point when you share just a little too much and it all goes horribly wrong.

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Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn And Google – It’s Been A Bad Year For Online Security [INFOGRAPHIC]

In 2012, what connected Twitter with Apple, AOL, Google, Hotmail, LinkedIn and Yahoo?

Online security – or rather, on occasion, a distinct lack of it.

Each of these firms, alongside others such as Zappos and Formspring, suffered pretty serious security breaches in the past 12 months, with tens of thousands of Twitter usernames and passwords compromised back in May.

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Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Apple – A Year Of Online Security Breaches [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that while three in five U.S. adults have said that they feel vulnerable to being hacked online, 69 percent of these same people reuse their password on more than one site?

Furthermore, 72 percent have said that they are concerned about their online data being used without their knowledge, but more than one-third (36 percent) store their personal information, such as credit card data, on certain websites for convenience.

You do the math.

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Are You Safe Online? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that the total size of the internet population has almost doubled in the past five years, from 1.319 billion in 2007 to 2.26 billion today?

This staggering rise in usage has had an exponential effect on everything we do online, including Google searches, emails sent, Facebook status updates, daily tweets and mobile data. And, over this same period, our willingness to share so much about ourselves on and in these platforms has also increased the risk of using them – the number of new unique threats per day has risen from 57 in 2008 to an eyebrow-raising 6,300 this year.

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