Monday, January 07, 2008
Computer Fears and Questions
I’m reading a book of fiction which notes various ways and means to access private information on computers. I find this somewhat disconcerting. Not only that, it’s distracting me from the story.
1. Do legitimate programs exist that are able to discover passwords? Programs that the general public can download and use? (I don’t want one. I just don’t like the thought of them existing.)
2. Are e-mail messages one sends, receives and delete stored somewhere in cyberspace and/or on the computer itself? Can they be accessed and read even though deleted?
3. When you clear your cache, is it REALLY emptied?
4. How safe (and private) is it to store files at a web site designed specifically for that purpose? (i.e. Yahoo Briefcase.) I figure if my hard drive unexpectedly kicks the bucket, at least I’d have access to those files.
As for my privacy concerns, I’m not expecting a computer forensic team to bust through my door (I haven’t committed any crime as far as I know) nor do I think my kids give a rip as to what’s on my computer.
BUT….hell, yes, I have stuff on this thing I consider personal and private. And I’m not referring to “dicey downloads.” That’s not my thing.
If anyone can answer any of these questions, I’d appreciate it.
Or share your own questions and concerns.
MAKE ME EVEN MORE PARANOID…