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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Little Brother is Watching

I've got me some new toys! Basically Re-Invigorate and Nedstat allow me to see who's checking out this site. I can for instance ascertain what time people accessed it, what country they're in, what browswer they're using, how they got there and even what operating system they have (at the time of writing 89% of visitors have used Windows apparently). My favourite bit is the refferers tool. Apparently someone got here by doing a Google search on "2004 EMAIL CONTACTS OF BORED OF MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN KOREA". I kid you not. I'm also surprised by how many American readers I have. Welcome! I trust you all like what you see. Apologies if not.

Anyway apart from being all geeky and whatnot, the point of this post was to draw your attention to the implications for security and privacy internet. If I, someone who knows very little about computers, can tell all this just from copying and pasting a few lines of code, imagine what someone who knows what they're doing could achieve. Let alone someone with governmental resources behind them. Kind of scary isn't it? I'm reminded of those screens in George Orwell's 1984 which keep track of what people are up to 24/7. Hmmm. Sounds a little paranoid. But nonetheless, it's something to bear in mind while you wander the information superhighway.

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