Data Domains & Security

After working with data day-in and day-out for a while, it doesn't seem unreasonable that thinking about the domain and appropriate datatype for storing a set of data would become second-nature. I know it's that way for me. Sadly, I can't say the same for one of the banks I do business with, which shall remain nameless. I have accounts at several banks, only one of which is brick-and-mortar in my neighborhood. The rest are either online only, or have a physical presence somewhere far far away from me. The bank in question has an online banking system that's rather…
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“Password” is a Dirty Word

Take a moment to think about the really important passwords you use - maybe for your computer at work, email, financial information, or even the 'sa' account on SQL Server.  How many characters long are they?  Are they really all that difficult?  Are they: Dictionary words? Words with a few numbers or symbols substituted in place for letters? Totally random combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols? The last option is obviously the most secure choice, but it also happens to be the most difficult to remember.  I’ve previously mentioned that I’m a big fan of KeePass, an open source password…
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Review: Picasa Web Albums

This is the fourth post in my series on cloud backup solutions.  Previous posts were: Disaster Recovery Strategies for the Home A review of MozyHome Remote Backup A review of Jungle Disk Today's topic is Google's Picasa Web Albums, henceforth known as PWA.  Unlike the other solutions I've covered, PWA is not explicitly intended to be a backup solution.  It's designed as a platform for sharing your photos and videos with others, however it also does an excellent job of storing them in the cloud and letting you retrieve them with ease.  I've been using it as a form of…
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Review: Jungle Disk

This is the third post in my series on cloud backup solutions.  Previous posts were: Disaster Recovery Strategies for the Home A review of MozyHome Remote Backup Today I'll be talking about another cloud backup application called Jungle Disk.  I've been experimenting with it for a few months and am generally very happy with it.  Much like Mozy, Jungle Disk allows you to intelligently backup your files into the cloud.  On the contrary, Jungle Disk only provides the client application for running backups, the actual storage of the backups is separate, which I'll explain in more detail shortly. Client Versions…
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Review: MozyHome Remote Backup

In a previous post, I talked about disaster recovery strategies for the home and promised reviews on the services I use. Today I'll take a look at Mozy. I've been a satisfied Mozy customer since March of 2007.  I've yet to have a bad experience with it, and as I write this I currently have about 45GB of my stuff stored with them. Versions & Pricing Mozy comes in 2 flavors, MozyHome for home users, and MozyPro for businesses.  MozyPro's additional features include a different pricing structure, 24x7 phone support, the ability to backup network drives, and the ability to…
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