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  • It’s Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

    Hack-a-Day explores thermite-based anti-forensic techniques Screenshot: Jason Rollette (YouTube) In a dusty plastic bin under my bed lies at least four laptops, six cellphones, and a half-dozen hard drives. I have no idea what’s on any of them. Most of these devices predate the cloud-storage era, and so likely contain solitary copies of photos, texts, and emails, among other confidential files (porn?) that I’d probably be horrified to learn had fallen into the hands of strangers. In retrospect, I should’ve…

  • Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files

      Illustration: Jim Cooke (Gizmodo) GarbageThis week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.   When it comes to their stuff, people often have a hard time letting go. When the object of their obsession are rooms full of old clothes or newspapers, it can be unhealthy—even dangerous. But what about a stash that fits on 10 5-inch hard drives? Online, you’ll find people who use hashtags like…

  • How to Download Your Data With All the Fancy New GDPR Tools

    Photo: Jacques Brinon (AP) The big new European data-privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here, and it’s ushered in a host of changes to the way companies treat your personal information. One of the consumer benefits of GDPR is that it requires companies to make it possible for users to pack up their data and leave if they don’t like the service they’re using. You shouldn’t be trapped into keeping an account with a certain…

  • The 9 Weirdest Data Storage Devices Ever Created #FlashbackFriday

    Image: Getty Storage devices have taken many strange forms over history. We’ve seen everything from an old 19th-century loom to massive data centers that power companies like Facebook and Google. But along the way, some truly weird devices tried to change how we save our precious data bits. These technologies were either wonderfully weird, woefully misguided, or just behind the times, but regardless, they each have their own idiosyncrasies worth remembering. Here are 10 of the weirdest storage devices ever…

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