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    Are You Protecting Your Data?


    Yesterday a clerk at the bank tried to talk me into signing up for on-line statements; which just launched me into a mini-tirade about how unsafe the internet is. She assured me that her banks Internet Security was sound which made me laugh.

    At any rate today I came across this article and I am wondering if I should try to use any of this stuff?
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    I don't do any online statements and don't plan to if it can be avoided. They want you to signup for online statements so they can save the paper and postage costs involved with mailing them to you. It's also a good way for them to get a known good email address for you so they can use it for other things as they might deem important, if you know what I mean.

    Unfortunately, online statements will most likely become mandatory at some point in the future if you want statements. Hopefully that will be many years from now, but I'm betting it won't be very many years before it happens.
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    The likeliest result of using the kind of security you describe is that you will lose/forget your password and won't be able to recover it because it is stored in an encrypted file!

    There are many true stories about this kind of thing. Companies often force workers to renew their passwords frequently and use cracking software to reject any passwords that do not look like random character strings. Result: people are forced to write out their passwords on post-it notes and stick them to the terminal!

    A work colleague of mine worked at Bletchley Park during the war. They had one section that was behind a (supposedly) locked door and the key to the door was in a locked box whose key had to be asked for. Result: the door was never actually locked because it was too much of a business to unlock it.

    Your best bet is just not to use online banking. Deal over the counter with human beings. You can't forge a face.
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    I use truecrypt to encrypt my 32GB backup usb key. It contains the data I really couldn't do without.
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    No idea what that is roky, pb requires way to many javascripts to be enabled just to look at a picture.

    That's another way I protect my data
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    No idea what that is roky, pb requires way to many javascripts to be enabled just to look at a picture.

    That's another way I protect my data
    I deleted it elija because it linked to all my other photos. Midget will rip your face off if you in the vicinity or near my Data.

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    That explains why I couldn't get it to show... and may I say YIKES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    I deleted it elija because it linked to all my other photos. Midget will rip your face off if you in the vicinity or near my Data.

    The absolute picture of comfort! Change the colors, and you'd have a good idea of what my Doberman looks like.
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    Having this as my security is why I prefer encryption!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Having this as my security is why I prefer encryption!

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    You been stealing my pictures?? That looks almost exactly like my cat Boots, and the only thing he guards is the food bowl!
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