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Am stuck at the moment, updating docs for the next revision of a product. They tend to be repetitive (and frankly confusing) so I am completely lost in them, so I
Go & find one of them that came in from a customer, fix it so I can follow the log in steps...then find due to the fact someone could touch mains if they moved the lid shifted the coil of earring cables. Where's their Darwin....
I am a bit of a security freak when it comes to things like this. Despite my bank and credit card providers telling me about all their wonderful mobile apps, I will never install one, not so much for the number theft, but in view of the possibility of loss or theft of the 'phone. The worst I could suffer is someone buying a bunch of apps from Google Play.
All my financial transactions are done from a specific machine and specific browser in my office. My password wallet is on a different machine, so I just have to remember my logins while I walk across my office. The 'money machine' is an old laptop that is only ever used for this one purpose.
Paranoid? Yes. Neurotic, Possibly.
...but the only person who helps themselves to my money is my wife, and I really don't have a solution to that.
The best way to avoid being attacked by a shark is not to pretend to be a seal at the coasts of Australia, South Africa or California.
When all kinds of thieves concentrate on the masses using smartphones, it obviously is much safer not to use smartphones. When most malware targets Windows, it's obviously better to stay out of harm's way and not use Windows.
Blasphemy, I know, but it's always safer to stay out of the mainstream, where most dangers lurk.
The user can't update the up: we update it for them (Choice in the CP poll)
There are a few useful functions available on a smart phone - for me maps, and more importantly, nautical charts. I also have a few useful apps I have written myself, so I guess I'll just have to live dangerously.
Note: My paranoia is such that when I bought an Android tablet, I got one that had no sim card slot. In the unlikely event that I want to download something where there is no Wi-Fi, I can use the hot-spot function of - yes, you guessed it - my smartphone. A further indication of my paranoia is that I bought a dual sim smartphone, with one card for just voice and SMS, and the other just for data - which is turned off except when it is (very rarely) needed. The Wi-Fi is usually off too.
It has happened out in the colonies too. (Sorry can't find a link.) However I have personal experience of the other side of the coin.
Wife's 2G prepaid had to go, 2G networks were shutting down.
I have a multi-device account with a different telco/ISP. So buy a cheap new handset, transfer the number to my a/c. Easy? NO ELEPHANTING WAY!!!!
Call centre op (old telco): You have to go into a shopfront with both IDs. Yeah, fair enough.
Next time we're both within cooee of a shopfront, rock up. NO, you have to do it online. Oh, and you need the PUK. Really? the phone was over 15 years old, no way is that scrap of paper still on the planet.
Long story short (not mentioning extra BP meds) $2 prepaid SIM. new number. Only immediate family know her number anyway, plus one other. It's my firefighter NOK number.
And a telco moved several slots up my sh!t list.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
I'm asking because I'm still looking for a ride home.
Don't forget your towel
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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I wanted to see if there were other solutions that people out there use and whole-heartedly recommend
I whole-heartedly recommend not giving your data to third-party entities. There's a good example as to why not, right here.
I also whole-heartedly recommend buying hard drives in sets of 4: One live, one offline backup, one offsite backup, one spare ready to go at a moment's notice. Once you figure the drives are too small for your regular backups, congratulations--you now have enough drives to recycle them into a RAID5 setup.