Persistence of Online Memory

The extent to which students and adults may protect their identity online can vary widely. Many students in a trusted environment may not even log off computers as they walk away from them in public spaces. As we’ve seen on Myspace.com, students may easily post their entire names and home addresses. Adult professionals have been known to post their entire resume online, complete with social security numbers, address, phone numbers (everything needed to apply to for lots of fun things).

Until recently, it seemed as if there was some security through obscurity, but now that the search engines are so advanced and capable, it seems like almost anything online may become searchable and possibly cached for years of access later, even if it is deleted now. So the “persistence of online memory” grows.

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