Data Security

Do you have a flash drive on your keychain? Do you valet park your car? If you do, you may be unknowingly allowing access to your private data. Flash drives (a.k.a. thumb drives or jump drives) are everywhere. They are very good methods for transporting data, but the are also insecure.

This past weekend when I handed my keys to a valet and watched him enter my information into the computer, I noticed a flash drive connected to the workstation. “Whose flash drive is that” I thought to myself. Being in the business of worrying about people’s data, I have my flash drive encrypted so I wasn’t worried about my data, but I thought of how many un-encrypted flash drives there are out in the world.

The moral of this anecdote is either encrypt your flash drive, or remove it from your keychain before you valet park your vehicle.