June 27, 2006
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Now on to this week's hot topic. CNET editor Rob Vamosi's latest Security Watch article, "Shelter your personal data from the storms," gave me a wake-up call and got me thinking about disasters and how to go preserve my personal data. Imagine being caught off-guard when a disaster like Katrina hits. All your belongings would be destroyed, including your personal data (which is not limited to digital data)--from your birth certificate to your financial information! If this were to happen to me right now (knock on wood), I would be at a complete loss! Are you prepared for a disaster? How would your personal data fare? Would you be able to put your life back together easily and move forward? Do you have a personal data evacuation plan? Why or why not? Regardless of your preparedness, I urge you to give this latest Security Watch article a read. When you're ready, tell us if you have an emergency data evacuation plan. If you do, what methods do you have in place? If you've ever experienced such unfortunate events in the past, share them with us, and tell us what it took for you to get back on track. The more we share, the more we can learn as a community to prepare our personal data for the unthinkable. TalkBack here!
This week's hot topic:
Nobody likes to think about disasters, but having access to important information, such as account numbers and contact information, can greatly speed the process of applying for aid. After reading the latest Security watch article, "Shelter your personal data from the storms," some of you shared your advice on being prepared for
You can only count on yourself
Right after Katrina, CNET member treet007 put together a Family Disaster Recovery Plan, a process in which all of their family's vital records are scanned and saved as encrypted PDFs, then stored in two different locations (primary and alternate). Check out his plan and tell him what you think of it.
Read treet007's full post in CNET TalkBack
Don't put all of your "personal data" eggs
in one basket!
CNET member BigRon45 recommends getting two flash drives to store data on, putting one in a safe place and the other with a trusted friend or a safe deposit box, then swapping them back and forth as you update--which is similar to the way companies keep data records offsite. And he reminds us to encrypt the data!
Read BigRon45's full post in CNET TalkBack
Useful for traveling too
In additional to backing up personal data for ease of recovery after a disaster, CNET member ozgeorge practices this methodology for travel. While traveling, he keeps a copy of all his personal details, scans of travel documents, and other relevant materials on a USB drive. In the event that he becomes a victim of theft, for example, he can re-create the essential paperwork sufficiently to obtain
Read ozgeorge's full post in CNET TalkBack
Are you ready for an unthinkable disaster? Do you have an evacuation plan for your digital information? Why or why not? If you have some advice on keeping your personal data secure and available in the event of a disaster, read the latest Security Watch column and speak up!
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