Easily steal the information from a computer

I am in the business of helping you keep your computers safe. You need to know how easy it is for someone to take your data from you. Here is a video.

There is a wonderful product on the market that will make backups of your computer quickly and easily. The problem is, a criminal can use this product to steal your information. This is supposed to be a short sales video, and I want you to consider how you would feel about the video if a criminal used this to steal your computer’s information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-aHtWOYGvg

And, in their support, I see this as a very useful tool for home users who never back up their computers – and risk losing years of precious photos of their family. I bought one for myself to show to executives and recommend for people who do not make backups because they feel backups are too much trouble. This is a great tool in your hands for use on your own computer.

There are other ways cyber criminals can steal your data, but you can slow them down if you never leave your computer unattended and logged in if you store any private information such as credit card numbers, banking information, social security numbers, etc.  In Windows, you can use the key combination “windows-L” to lock your screen. You need a secure password.  That makes it more difficult, though not impossible, to steal your data.

Summary: Great tool in your hands; horrible tool for hackers to use against you.


3 Comments

  • Bernie Perry August 6, 2009 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Mike,

    Thanks for another great tip … not only about using this device but also the caution about how it could be used by someone else to easily accesss your data.

    Bernie

  • Jana August 6, 2009 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Mike,
    Thanks. When I started watching this I thought, wow, cool! I could really use something like this! THEN, I started thinking about what you said, and how ANYONE could just stick it into ANY computer to get all the data! I have important information password protected, but if someone used this, they could eventually hack into it with a little time and effort. I guess the safest thing to do, is like you said, NEVER leave your computer unattended!
    I saw the Windows-L thing. Wouldn’t a screensaver that needs a password work the same way?

  • Mike Foster August 6, 2009 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Yes Jana – having the Windows screen saver that needs a password is a big help. Doesn’t make your computer impervious, but sure makes it a lot harder for “the average person” to steal your data. Just make sure the screen saver time is sufficiently short that someone won’t have time to sneak over to your computer after you walk away before the screen saver activates. Most businesses use around a 5 minute delay, but you know your own environment’s risks and can determine the best delay.

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