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Encrypted pendrives – warning!

 

A recent unfortunate case of a teacher forgetting her encrypted pendrive password has flagged up an important point.  If you have to reset your password then all data on the pendrive will be erased.  You have 10 chances to type in the password and will be given a warning when you have 5 chances remaining.

IT policy guidance states… 

  • USB memory sticks must only be used for short term access to files. As soon as you have finished with the data make sure you move it back to our central servers. This also ensures your data is backed up regularly

Take care, a few minutes extra work can save a lot of heartache. Make sure you set yourself a Password Hint also.

 

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Are you blogging more than you think?

Ooops a daisy! Photo by duncan on Flickr, used with permission.

Could you be accidentally publishing images, documents and other files to the web? 

You could be if you forget that all uploaded files are on the web, not just those you’ve chosen to use in your posts.  And those files can be surprisingly easy to find.

Here’s an example to explain.

Yesterday, a commercial publisher asked for permission to reuse an excellent photo, taken about 3 years ago, which they’d found on an Edubuzz blog. There’s nothing unusual about that: there are now over 8000 images on the site. What was unusual, though, was that the school involved didn’t think they’d used the photo on the blog.

So what was happening?  Read on to find out.