Mobility Investigate

User beware: Electronic documents can reveal far more than you want

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Executive Summary

The WYSIWYG mentality can be dangerous when users fail to understand what underlies the visible presentation of electronic data. This chapter from Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion explores the premise that "What you see is not what the computer knows" -- focusing on information that can be retrieved despite redaction, uncovered via tracked changes and document metadata, altered through digital editing, and recovered after being deleted.

Title: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
Authors: Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis
Chapter 3: "Ghosts in the Machine: Secrets and Surprises of Electronic Documents"
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-713559-2; Copyright 2008 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Used with permission of the publisher. For more information, please visit InformIT.

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