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Instagram's Secret Setting Will Reveal Your Dark Past, So Heaven Help Us All

Welp, time to delete everything and go off the grid.

If you’ve been on Instagram since it became a thing in 2010, you’ve likely done some cringeworthy things on that app, such as stalking your crushes, having some embarrassing usernames, and coming up with some god awful bios when you went through that emo phase during high school.

Well folks, it seems like you can’t outrun your embarrassing Instagram past because there’s a secret setting that will reveal everything you’ve searched and changed on your profile, as well as private info you may have linked to it.

That’s right, the skeletons in your Insta closet are about to be unearthed.

If you go to Settings > Security > Account Data, you’ll see that Instagram has been hoarding a LOT of your information that includes:

  • Account privacy changes
  • Password changes
  • Former email addresses
  • Former phone numbers

But perhaps most worryingly for some people, Instagram also has a complete record of potentially scandalous things like:

  • Former user names
  • Former full names
  • Former bio texts
  • Former bio links
  • Current follow requests
  • Search history

In short, there’s a record of almost everything you have done or changed on your Instagram profile, with the exception of your photos and videos.

As someone once said in that excellent Facebook movie from 2010, the internet is indeed written in ink and not incredibly-difficult-to-erase pencil.

If you did the smart thing and didn’t get Instagram or haven’t bothered to use it, then you’re in the clear.

But if you’ve changed more things on your Insta profile than what George Lucas has done to Star Wars, your best bet would be to delete everything off your phone and going off the grid for a while.

You're Going To Get Screwed Over By AI On Dating Apps And Not In A Good Way

Instant unmatch.

It probably doesn’t need to be said that online dating isn’t easy and is quite a stressful thing we do in the name of meeting that someone special.

Well I’m sorry to bust all the single people folk on dating apps but finding someone online is about to be even more difficult thanks to a worrying rise of deep fakes.

That doesn’t sound good at all.

For those who are unaware, deep fakes are incredibly real-looking images or videos of people that are in actuality fake and were created using advancing AI technology.

In the context of online dating, there’s an increasing danger of deep fakes flooding dating apps, there’s a higher possibility of swiping right on fake profiles.

As if it wasn’t hard to have someone swipe right on your profile, it’s now even harder to find that special someone since more and more fake people are polluting the pool of real people and it’s incredibly difficult to tell the difference between the two.

This problem actually goes beyond dating as deep fakes has started coming up in actual news and causing genuine confusion, such as the deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg that circled the internet and the altered video of Nancy Pelosi seemingly appearing drunk. And of course there was that gender-swap filter on Snapchat that caused mass confusion on many levels among people of every gender.

Luckily for single people and those trying to debunk all the deep fakes out there, there are a few ways to identify what’s fake and real. AI-created faces have slight imperfections, such as weirdly-placed hair, facial asymmetry, and smudges on certain surfaces like jewellery and teeth, For videos, deep fakes generally blink far less frequently than real people so keep an eye on their eyes.

So next time you’re swiping and you’re wondering whether a certain person is real or not, your worries are definitely warranted. Be careful and safe swiping, everyone.

Two Decades Of Tax File Numbers And Bank Details At Risk After Massive Data Breach At ANU

Students, staff, and even visitors have been affected.

If you have been a student, staff member, or even just visited the Australian National University at some point in the last two decades, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a heap of your personal data is at risk.

In a statement issued out by ANU’s Vice-Chancellor, the uni’s systems was illegally accessed by a “sophisticated operator” in late 2018 and was only detected recently.

This wasn’t any tiny prank from some disgruntled student or employee either as the data breach resulted in unauthorised access to “significant amounts” of staff, student and visitor data dating back 19 years.

Nope.

The list of personal info that’s at risk is pretty extensive as it includes names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal email addresses and emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details, passport details, and student academic records.

So yeah, it’s pretty hefty data breach this one.

Not everything was exposed by the breach though as systems that store credit card details, travel information, medical records, police checks, workers’ compensation, vehicle registration numbers, and some performance records are all okay.

Oh and for those currently working or studying at ANU, it is reported that its teaching and learning platforms, and research work appears to have not been affected either so no need to worry about that.

If you were affected by this data breach, the Vice-Chancellor states that ANU is working closely with Australian government security agencies and security partners to investigate and will keep everyone up to date on what’s happening.

For those who still have massive worries about this breach, ANU has set up a direct helpline at 1800 275 268 (calls will be kept confidential) for all your concerns or if you just need to vent to someone.

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