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September 1, 2014, 6:31 pm
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On-the-run Internet Security Expert Slip-up Shows Reason for Caution When Posting Online


A former state senate candidate is urging people to be cautious of what they post online after the arrest of internet security founding father John McAfee.

 

The image that got John McAfee in trouble, taken from VICE.com
The image that got John McAfee in trouble, taken from VICE.com

Champaign based computer security and digital forensic consultant John Bambenek was one of a few bloggers who were the first to point out McAfee posted a picture on the internet that included geo-coordinates in the metadata of the image.

 

People can change that setting to exclude the location information for photos taken with their smart phones, but McAfee neglected to do that. Bambenek says it’s a reminder to everyone that what you post online, even if it’s on a private page or in a private email, things can come back to haunt you.

 

McAfee is being held by Guatemalan authorities for entering the country illegally. He’s wanted for questioning in Belize for the murder of his neighbor.

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