CRAZY might be an over-statement. Depending on who you speak to Wikileaks is either serious, dangerous, or the proverbial Robin Hood. I'm not here to debate the pros and cons, but do say that maybe it's time to reevaluate online security. While this Wikileaks issue continues to escalate, various high profile websites have been forced to shut down. Why not take the added precaution and backup everything you store online onto your computer? Just in case those host sites do close down and leave you unable to access your blog or sites.
The experts say it's time to make a more secure network. Unsure what that even means, I'm going to backup my computer onto an external drive at the end of each day. It may seem like overkill, but I for one would be devastated if my blog, online photos, and files suddenly weren't accessible. With a backup, I'd know they were still there.
I wasn't actually concerned until yesterday morning when I received an email from Paypal saying my payment of $93 had gone through. I was awake enough to remember I didn't buy anything from this particular seller. Instead of canceling the transaction and using my password to do so, I had the good sense to forward the message to Paypal. They emailed back to say they were taking immediate actions and thanked me for the alert. They went onto to say that I was saving a lot of unsuspecting clients the same problem. Paypal is one of the sites Wikileaks has targeted.
So, why not take added measures today to make certain your gems are safe. Here's a checklist:
1. Save a backup copy on all: external drive, cd, flashcard.
2. Print out a hard copy of the most valuable.
3. Download your blog to your computer as often as you deem necessary.
4. Double backup.
5. Advise your friends and colleagues to do the same.
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Update on the contest to win an autographed copy of my suspense thriller Dead Witness, the lake hasn't frozen over yet! Sorry to all those who guessed a date prior to December 9th. December 10th isn't looking any better. At least that's what the swans are saying.