Online search engines lift cover of privacy

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posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 10:28 AM
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This is maybe old news to some, maybe not to others, but we discuss a lot on this board the issues of privacy, yet we seem to not pay attention to who is allowing our privacy to be "invaded" we tend to always blame it on the government.

"Sitting at his laptop, Chris O'Ferrell types a few words into the Google search engine and up pops a link to what appears to be a military document listing suspected Taliban and al Qaeda members, date of birth, place of birth, passport numbers and national identification numbers."
www.msnbc.msn.com...

So, should we quit posting any info? Should we create our own "secure" Intranets to avoid this type of invasion?
Or is Google...not what we think it is?
What do you think?




[Edited on 9-2-2004 by NetStorm]

[Edited on 9-2-2004 by Kano]




posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 11:47 AM
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Only admins stupid enough not to include a robots.txt file in the root of their webserver let this happen. It's so simple to fix this problem. Don't put your confidentional information on a webserver or any other computer connected to the internet. Personel users should have at least an anti-virus program and a firewall. Anti-adware and anti-spyware programs are recommended as well.



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 12:39 PM
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Originally posted by amantine
Only admins stupid enough not to include a robots.txt file in the root of their webserver let this happen. It's so simple to fix this problem. Don't put your confidentional information on a webserver or any other computer connected to the internet.


What's the robots.txt?



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 12:43 PM
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It's not the fault of search engine, it's people who are stupid and who puts private information in public directories...



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 01:06 PM
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Indeed...do a Google search for robots.txt

Basically a text file that tells the crawlers & bots where they can go and what they can or can't index.






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