Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea

Undoubtedly you have all seen photographs of people on TV and online who have been blurred to hide faces. For the most part this is all fine with peoples' faces as there isn't a convenient way to reverse the blur back into a photo so detailed that you can recognise the photo. So that's good if that is what you intended. However, many people also resort to blurring sensitive numbers and text. I'll illustrate why that is a BAD idea.

Suppose someone posted a photo of their check or credit card online for whatever awful reason (proving to Digg that I earned a million dollars, showing something funny about a check, comparing the size of something to a credit card, etc.), blurring out the image with the far-too-common mosaic effect to hide the numbers.

Seem secure because nobody can read the numbers anymore? WRONG. Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea - dheera.net: Dheera Venkatraman's web site

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 10th January 2007 10:42PM