Dell CEO's daughter in Twitter security scare

Alexa Dell, daughter of Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, has been very active on the social networking scene, using Twitter and Tumblr like any other teenage girl does.

This may sound harmless, but as Alexa has been posting, many of the posts have been stamped a GPS location, showing exactly where it was sent from. This opens up the possibility that any potential attacker or kidnapper would know exactly where to find her or the family at the time of posting. And if something were to happen, it would put into question the $2.7 million a year Michael Dell is paying to maintain his families security.

As a father myself, it’s a scary thought. I know I will probably give my kids a reasonable amount of freedom, but depending on how social networking evolves, I would be very sceptical in allowing my kids to engage in some of the activities and basic functionality that Twitter, Facebook et al offer.

It’s an amusing story, even if there is a darker tone that is hopefully getting across. I’ve been tagged in posts when my wife and I go out for dinner, or go on day trips with the kids. But then again, I’m not worth $15.9 billion!

Source: Forbes

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This is pretty much common sense from anyone's children. Regardless of a *knock on wood* kidnap, it's a privacy issue and I for one never post/mention any of my locations.

The Queen's net worth is around $500 million. Not a small sum but compared to Michael Dell's $15 Billion, well you can make your own suppositions.

This, news? C'mon, if people want to give out their location, so what? Queen does it a lot too, she's at buckingham palace most the time yet I don't seem many people trying to break in and kidnap her.

n_K said,
This, news? C'mon, if people want to give out their location, so what? Queen does it a lot too, she's at buckingham palace most the time yet I don't seem many people trying to break in and kidnap her.

I'm sure there's a guard or two watching that place.

n_K said,
This, news? C'mon, if people want to give out their location, so what? Queen does it a lot too, she's at buckingham palace most the time yet I don't seem many people trying to break in and kidnap her.
Might have someone to do with the police and armed guards all over the place too.. just saying..

Ryoken said,
Might have someone to do with the police and armed guards all over the place too.. just saying..

Not to mention the likely-hood of the queen having a mobile and using social networking/technology at 86..........you dont ACTUALLY believe its the queen do you?
P.S. also that wasnt the queen really skydiving at the opening ceremony

warwagon said,
lets not give kidnapers any thoughts!

im sure "kidnappers" have better taste than that ....

do an image search on her pic ...

*barf*

hckngrtfakt said,

im sure "kidnappers" have better taste than that ....

do an image search on her pic ...

*barf*

I don't know what you're talking about. She's a solid 8 / 10, would fap again.

warwagon said,
lets not give kidnapers any thoughts!

$2.7 million a year on family security yet, non of the security experts have taken the time to explain how to disable GPS location on the pictures taken with the phones or why its a bad idea.

If I was Michael right now, I'd be double checking the security staff who maintain the company too.

sagum said,
non of the security experts have taken the time to explain how to disable GPS location on the pictures taken with the phones.

If she's using an Android, we can't blame them of not being able to figure how to change the settings...

a0me said,

If she's using an Android, we can't blame them of not being able to figure how to change the settings...

Eh what are you smoking?, drag down the system bar on homescreen, tap GPS to off.......done.
2 swipes and a tap.

Mando said,

Eh what are you smoking?, drag down the system bar on homescreen, tap GPS to off.......done.
2 swipes and a tap.


You had me at "drag down the system bar."
For most people, tapping Settings > Location Services > OFF, makes a lot more sense, particularly for non-techies who don't know what GPS is.