My entire end-goal in writing about personal information security is the reclamation of our responsibilty for the security or our data. The ideology has be met with antagonism at best and a good deal of apathy.
The numerous recent events have proven this fact: "You are the entity in the best position to secure your personal information." And it follows: "Relying on others to secure something for you is impossible."
Secure email is available. We don’t use it.
Password lockers like KeePass are incredible. We don’t use them.
Free web encryption certificates are available. We don’t use them.
Hard drive encryption is available. We don’t use it.
Top-notch anti-virus and anti-malware software is free (or low-cost). Running them makes our computers slow, so we don’t regularly scan.
Security updates are available for our connected devices. It’s too inconvenient to install them.
We talk about everything under the Sun on social media. We complain when they use it against us.
Building a tough password is easy. We don’t do it because it is to hard to remember. (see “KeePass” above. It’s job is to remember passwords.)
Where and when are we going to start taking responsibility for our own security? I would say the time is now, but the question begs to be asked: “Can we put the genie back in the bottle?”
I do know that the time to start a serious conversation about how to secure our data is now.
I would like to explore these topics in upcoming blog posts and ask several hard questions. I hope you join me in this winding path of discovery.