We are taught, early on in our lives, to be cautious and to watch our backs and to look out for each other. We obediently lock our doors. We psychologically brand our children. We learn to buckle up. We are a nation of Safety First. Are you as safe in securing your online life?
If your computer crashed right now, do you have a full backup? If so, how old is the backup? If your computer were stolen — could a person with bad intent easily read the details of your life?
If Google/MSN/Yahoo! gave up the ghost in the cloud and lost every single email and search and service they provide for free — how would you recover what was lost? What sort of protection can you expect for free? What routine schemes do you employ to preserve your virtual work and enhance your online safety? Do you use a VPN client?
Do you force your online email service to always use HTTPS? Do you use WEP or WPA? Have you ever been the subject of a DDOS attack? Do you use MAC address filtering? Do you have any idea what any of this means? If not, why not? You’re reading this online so you have some sense of savvy and safety about you.
Do you use an online version of your brick and mortar bank? Are you concerned about anyone stealing your online identity? In the last five years — do you have more of your everyday documents saved on a computer somewhere in virtual form only — or do you have more hardcopy printouts of those documents?