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I used to be an obsessive ‘backup’ person. Decades ago, when I started coding in GW Basic and then Clipper, I always had backups in multiple floppies, and programs that I considered my masterpieces I even took printouts. With my laptops I even had disk images done with ghosting software. In the last few years, after cloud storages like DropBox and OneDrive came up, I have almost forgotten about manual backup and take it for granted. Still, every year, in the holiday season I try to take an offline backup of all my data to external hard drives. Somehow, it…

This is a follow-up to my earlier post “Be aware of online data breaches” written on 5th June 2019. Five years ago, in 2014 when two major cybercrimes happened, the stealing of 100 million credit card data at Target and about 100 terabytes of data of unreleased movies & more from Sony getting leaked, it shook the world and got everyone’s attention towards online data breaches. It felt like the awareness of being secure online was growing at every level of organizations, mainly in the corner offices. Then in 2018, Facebook-Cambridge Analytica came to light, a loud hue and cry…

Am I dumb (or) is the process we are using to secure our devices is dumb – you be the judge! I am in the process of (regretfully) resetting my iPad Pro 2018 11″ to factory settings, as I couldn’t remember the passcode. As per Apple, if you forget the passcode for an iOS device like iPad, the only way to use it again will be to reset it to factory settings, this will erase all the contents in the device. Normally, I have a mature process to handle this very situation (of remembering passwords)- where my passwords are stored…

If only this was real, my world will be so much better. A “Bank” addressing me with love as “Dear”! Making me the owner of a card I don’t even have! I am worth for not more than 1 credit report, but giving me 780 credit reports, wow! At this rate, I am just a few steps away from being the Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Jokes aside, please treat these messages with great care, block the sender and delete the message immediately. Don’t give in to the temptation to click on the link!…

//14th May 2019: San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies.// The word that came to my mind when I read about the above law (ordinance) was “Hypocrisy”. Silicon Valley is where most of the technology used in surveillance gets invented by tech giants and exported worldwide – now the elected officials of the same community are saying it may be harmful and are enacting a ban for it – I am confused to say the…