As an admitted geek, I have often tried to help people in understanding the importance of information security, especially when it comes to data storage and transmission. From what kind of software you run, to how you communicate with others your data can be vulnerable. From employers to government agencies, neighbors to hackers, what you say and keep can be taken and used in ways that you don’t want. But teaching everything people should know to keep themselves safe is often a long process, and something I often have to revisit to remind people. Continue reading “The Surveillance Self-Defense Site”
Keeping your data safe
This post is a followup to the recent post on backing up your data on flash drives. As stated, keeping your important data safe is extremely important. Keeping a copy with you, and in a remote location is required practice for me. But keeping your data safe is much more than just keeping a copy of your data around in case of hardware failure, fire, or evacuation. You need to actually protect the data itself.
Nowadays, people should be familiar with the concept of Identity Theft, and the threat it poses in your everyday life. With even basic information about you, a fraudster can cause huge problems to you, now imagine if they picked up a nice little flash drive that had copies of everything from birth certificates to bank statements? Of course you should be very careful with your nice little key fob, but you’re probably careful with keys and wallet too, and how many people lose those? Continue reading “Keeping your data safe”