Welcome brave Irken soldiers…
March 24, 2007
In case you wondered, the world is full of special people. They look like everyone else, but on the inside…nothing. Completely and totally empty. You'd think some things would be obvious, even to these special types. But no. Take the following "headline": physically securing computers is preferable to encryption or password protection since apparently one of the easiest ways to gather data is to simply walk off with the machine.
I suppose that's one reason most people lock their doors at night and hide their shiny objects under thick layers of protective dust under otherwise innocent looking beds. I'm not so sure Joe Norm in office land is terribly concerned with someone walking off with their laptop. .
But they probably should be. One laptop here, one flash drive there, and pretty soon everyone knows your numbers, name, and exciting credit information. A tweak here and twiddle there and your desktop is singing the siren song of the botnet herder. And really, how many of you honestly KNOW all the phone numbers in your cell? Would you remember your girlfriend's birthday, the number to the pizza place on the corner, the addy for the latest gathering, the fact that you have a fun visit to the dentist planned for next Tuesday at 10? How much of your life lives in your head these days, and how much lives in your pocket?
If you're not willing to leave your wallet on the table when you wander off for a few minutes of random whatever, then why the hell are you willing to leave your laptop there? Is it so tough to stick a blackberry in the pocket and keep on truckin?