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The Vishing Thing

Real Future's Kevin Roose invites two hackers to "break into" his life. The results are eye-opening.

Real Future's Kevin Roose invites two hackers to "break into" his life. The results are eye-opening.

Last week, I was horrified when I logged onto a site I seldom visit and saw my real birthdate pop up; I usually fudge that information when setting up on-line accounts. I quickly changed it (I now celebrated my 20th birthday this past April, thank you very much). I don’t care much about my carbon footprint, but I try to manage my digital footprint with greater care.

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My first cellphone was about the size of four Snickers bars (bundled together, not end-to-end). It was not quite a brick, but it certainly might have been eligible for its own pint-sized Baby Bjorn. My phones went progressively smaller; my favorite was a blue and silver Motorola that fit into any pocket and was smaller than a tri-fold wallet. But, then I was indoctrinated into the world of smartphones, first with a T-Mobile Dash and then a series of BlackBerries, and I have never looked back.

Others, however, have.