In a Q&A with The Observer, founder of secure messaging app Wickr Nico Sell discusses why she always wears sunglasses in public and why women make great hackers, among other topics. Sell says she wears the shades in places where she might be publicly photographed as a step to decrease her digital footprint. “The fewer pictures you have of yourself online, the better,” she says. She adds that while some may think she’s paranoid, if they “really understood what was going on, they would be.” On hackers, Sell says, “I think the walls are gone; more than 50 percent of hackers are girls.” Editor’s Note: Sell spoke on a “Women in Privacy” panel at the IAPP’s Privacy Academy in September. See a short clip of her talk here.
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