Privacy and Security News and Tips 20160531

Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever seems to do anything about it. — Willard Scott

Weekly Tip

Protecting your Personally Identifiable InformationThis month we have seen record rainfall in Texas, tornadoes in Kansas and Colorado, and earthquakes around the world. With these unpredictable acts of nature we have seen of late I thought I would talk about how we can prepare our digital lives for some of the more unforeseeable events.

Having a comprehensive backup plan in place should be at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts in today’s ever-changing and growing digital world. Local backups are great for the ease, time, cost, and convenience with which we can create and access them, but they are limiting in a disaster situation. Online or offsite backups are the next, and most logical solution to continued access and availability of our data. The costs have come down, and with the widespread availability of high speed internet access in our homes we cannot afford to not consider them as part of our comprehensive solution. Each online provider has their pros and cons, and should be researched to find what suits your needs.

Don’t look at your backup solution as only necessary for natural disasters, but to eliminate so many potential issues from theft, fire,or flood, to equipment failure, redundancy and ultimately piece-of-mind as we rely more and more on our digital data everyday.

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Thinking Inside the Box

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Privacy and Security News and Tips 20160405

One person’s “paranoia” is another person’s “engineering redundancy.”Marcus J. Ranum

Weekly Tip

March 31st was World Backup Day, so this week I wanted to talk about backups.
Protecting your Personally Identifiable Information

With the amount of information we store on our computers and phones, and the cost of storage, how can we not consider having a good backup system in place. Think about what you store from precious family photos, financial information, software and art we create, documents we write, and so many other things. What would you do if your drive failed? Would you be able to recover those precious documents? What if your computer was stolen?

It is suggested to have more than one copy on more than one type of media. For recovery speed and ease, an external drive connected to your machine is a good start. Consider fire, flood, and theft, and you would be wise to consider an off-site solution (I use CrashPlan). To be truly safe and not to trust a third party, you might consider storing something in a safe deposit box or at a trusted location.

For my most important data, I have a copy on my computer, a copy on mirrored external drives, a copy with CrashPlan, and a copy with a trusted acquaintance in their safe. All copies are encrypted before being sent and I hold the key.

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