If You Cared About Your Data You Wouldn’t Be On The Internet

Me and a friend had a lengthy conversation yesterday about the leaps and bounds technology has achieved in even the past few years. For example, technology is shrinking and growing at the same time, we’ve got bigger phones, we started of with large phones, then we wanted small phones and now we’ve come full circle. But it’s not the size of the end product we were discussing, more the size of the inside. Intel have recently developed the smallest all in one PC measuring in at the size of an SD Card

Tiny aint it? That includes a “Intel® Atom™ CPU at 500MHz, dual-band WiFi BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and 4GB of storage

Amazing that something that small can have that sort of power. But while companies are busy trying to get products smaller and smaller and more and more advanced, they’re forgetting the important bit that is in dire need of a remake. Storage and Security. If you can encrypt it you can hack it is the line I will use to describe data. Anything can be encrypted, but then it needs to be decrypted by an algorithm at the other end. If you try hard enough, you will one day crack it. Everything that is encrypted is done by a computer, if you decrypt it you use a computer. It’s like any method, having a secret language, it can be cracked, listen to it enough times and you’ll find similarities, it’s the same with encryption. Everything we do online is saved somewhere. Be it on our devices, on Google Analytics or on a home server. Several companies have proved this year that data simply isn’t safe, hence the title. Apple’s iCloud got hacked, eBay has been hacked, people’s webcams and worryingly some have been around for nearly a decade, SSL and most recently Bash. Everything you post and do online, photo’s, video’s, status’, tweets’, shopping is not safe. Companies will tell you that they use ‘Secure Login’ but really, behind the scenes, it’s not. Banks are a different story, the only banks encryption I’m aware of is RBS’ and they released a statement after SSL was leaked a.k.a. Heartbleed, they use their own encryption type, and, it wouldn’t surprise me if they use end-to-end encryption which means that if the data is accessed the hacker will struggle to decrypt it without the key at the other end and the strength of encryption.

Another issue in technology is the safety of files. I own a ‘Military Grade Shock Resistant’ External Hard Drive and after just 8 months it died. Nearly 1TB of data gone, I hope not. This is a big issue, Hard Drives are not built to last, there is no permanent data storage, they can all be easily broken. Flash, it can be erased or corrupt easily, Hard Drives can break with the plates or heads, Pen Drives are just small flash storage and very susceptible to getting virus’, DVDs and CD’s can become scratched or wiped and the data lost. I personally back up my data multiple times, my phone backs up it’s photo’s to google automatically, my Mac to an external hard drive, my photos also to my server and Flickr and iCloud and I have files in Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and iCloud. Wow.

So how, in a time when we have Computers the size of an SD Card, and possibly the size of a button by 2018 is Intel’s hope, can we not have a ‘safe’ storage medium. Most people, including myself, use cloud storage, the reason it works and is so expensive is due to the large amount of HDD/Raid units the companies have, they can become very costly, a decent Raid unit can set you back a couple of thousand £ so you can see that the costs escalate quickly. When they’re hacked your data may be copied but unlikely deleted due to the numerous number of backups cloud storage companies have, the data centre’s are huge. If you’re interested you can search Google’s Data Centre as they gave the press a tour and it is massive! Loads of cooling pipes and drives flashing all around.

So, if you really cared about your data and information you wouldn’t be on the internet.

EXTRA: It’s amazing how much information I can get about someone who visits this site, I can, for free, through Google Analytics, access what page they are on, for how long, where they are roughly by city, what operating system, where they came from e.g. Facebook, Twitter and if I wanted I could use a paid site and access information such as your device, iPhone 6, Galaxy S5, what network your on O2 etc. It’s actually quite scary. You can get more information about someone by them to visit a website that you can by having them as a customer.

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