Big Data, Small Details: How Metadata Creates Security Risks

With the rise of big data, that metadata is suddenly becoming valuable. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the metadata is infinitely more so. And now it could pose a security risk.

What happens when you put a photograph online? In most cases, not much happens at all. It simply exists in cyberspace – permanently – with the trillions of other user-generated images. And the fact is that, besides there being an overwhelming number of photos on the web, most of them don’t contain any valuable information. What information there is, though, is hidden in the metadata.

Author: Larry Alton


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