How To Give Away Your Personal Information

Written by Erich Heintz

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I promptly deletedrepparttar cache. The customer didn’t want me to haverepparttar 138495 information, nor did I.

Would You Hand Your Credit Card To A Stranger? ---------------------------------------------- The previous example showed how simple it is to inadvertently reveal a large amount of data. It’s funny how easily a person can dismiss this type of loss. After all, it’s not your data, right?

So let’s get a bit more personal.

Convenience And Computer Security Are Rarely Compatible ------------------------------------------------------- I have a good trust relationship with my next client. She is quite comfortable with me administering and securingrepparttar 138496 corporate network. When it comes to her personal credit card information however, well, not so much.

Pretty much every web browser available these days has quite a few convenience features designed to make your day to day “net experience simpler”. One of these convenience features came into play in this example, specificallyrepparttar 138497 Firefox browser’s auto-completion feature.

Not too long ago, I was tasked by this client to make arrangements for transfer of an internet domain to their ownership. Not a difficult task, she could have handled it herself. She was quite a capable computer user; she just didn’t want to be bothered withrepparttar 138498 process.

I set aside 20 minutes to go through her domain registrar’s step-by-step transfer wizard. I summonedrepparttar 138499 client to explainrepparttar 138500 details ofrepparttar 138501 transfer displayed on my laptop screen. Facingrepparttar 138502 payment options screenrepparttar 138503 client asked if she could proceed. I relinquished control of my laptop and she enteredrepparttar 138504 credit card information required to completerepparttar 138505 transaction.

Web Browsers Cache Your Personal Information -------------------------------------------- Most modern web browsers, for convenience, will cache information entered into web forms. The intent is to be able to recall this information if it’s requested by another form. The following day, I was inrepparttar 138506 process of registering another domain withrepparttar 138507 same registrar and was surprised, for half a second, whenrepparttar 138508 payment screen pre-populated usingrepparttar 138509 same information usedrepparttar 138510 day before. In addition torepparttar 138511 credit card information I also had my client’s personal home address, and telephone number. This was quite a bit of personal informationrepparttar 138512 client never had any intention of giving me.

So What's Your Point? --------------------- These two examples are very different but do share two important attributes. First, datarepparttar 138513 client intended to keep private was revealed to me. Second,repparttar 138514 reason forrepparttar 138515 “compromise” ofrepparttar 138516 data was due torepparttar 138517 “victim” working with said data on a computer they neither owned nor were familiar with. Under different circumstances,repparttar 138518 end results could have been quite devastating.

Conclusion ---------- When using a computer system you do not own, perhaps at a kiosk, or Internet Café, be aware thatrepparttar 138519 computer itself is going to remember a lot of what you’ve done as part of basic functionality. Additionally, most entities that are going to provide you with access to a computer, including your employer, probably have systems in place that could collect additional data you don’t desire to share. Even WiFi hotspots that allow you to use your own notebook or PDA to surfrepparttar 138520 web while sipping coffee can be a potential information collector. The moral ofrepparttar 138521 story is, when dealing with computer systems that aren’t your own, never handle data or documents that you wouldn’t want left behind unprotected. In all odds, once you walk away from that computer, you’ve done just that.

Erich currently specializes in providing network and security solutions for small to medium businesses that frequently have to resolve the conflict of need versus budget. Erich is a staff writer for and several other e-zines.

FireWire is your friend

Written by Jakob Jelling

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Whenever you need to transmit data from one external peripheral to another or between audio or video devices,repparttar FireWire would allow you to achieverepparttar 138481 task quickly and without loosing quality. This way, if you need to transmit a high amount of digital data from one device to another you could easily achieve it by using this standard device.

If, for example, you wished to transfer video from a camcorder to a PC, you would probably need to count withrepparttar 138482 help of a FireWire. This device would allow you to transfer such digital data in a high quality. This way, a FireWire is a great help and a good friend to anyone who needs to transmit data between devices.

Jakob Jelling is the founder of Visit his digital camera & camcorder guide and learn how to take better pictures and shoot better movies.

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