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If I can pull this in a slightly different direction, the situation that you're describing is the reason that many security minded developers and sysadmins have adopted a more preventative rather than reactive approach to vulnerable data. If someone smart enough really really wants to break into your servers, they probably will. After they do that though, ...


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Remember companies that want near zero down time will have multiple servers at multiple data centers. So shutting down a server or a data center will always be an option for any company hoping to get more then 99.90% uptime. As for how to respond to an attack, it will depend on the nature and stage of attack. If you have a SQLi vulnerability that is being ...


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Appropriate audiences is the right phrase to use. Certainly some missives are more appropriately cast in a manner that would make them palatable to the listener. The interaction between a group of two is entirely different from a crowd of thousands. Similarly, would you like to know that the doctor who treats your disease had a teenhood that encompassed ...


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I would like to quote Edward Snowden on this: Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. Just because you have nothing to hide (you likely do, but let's assume you are really OK with your government, foreign ...


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For the fraud and "identity theft" angle on this, people should remember that dealing with it always takes someone's time and money. Identity theft can be extremely inconvenient or expensive, and your time is not usually covered by insurance. Another angle is price discrimination. "We see you have $1234.50 in your bank account, therefore the price of this ...


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Positive reasons Instead of a beach holiday, we joined a Christian Mission this summer in Malawi. We're keeping quiet about it in case the children are teased at school. I leapt into the road and saved a toddler's life. I just walked away because I don't want any fuss. Controlling dissemination My wife is pregnant, great news! We want to tell close ...


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Just to address one point: Credit card insurance protects them from fraud This makes several assumptions, none of which are to be relied on: You assume that the insurance will pay out. It would be safer to assume that the insurer will try to avoid paying out, and require you to prove that you didn't give away your card details. This may be tricky if ...


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One of the reasons to guard your privacy is that whilst the government is doing its best (ehem) to protect you from criminals, the latter also have methods to get the information about you, wire-tap your phones, and eavesdrop your communications. There are powerful crime syndicates out there that have the technical abilities of law enforcement. And this is ...


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There's a great short essay written by Bruce Schneier on the right of privacy: The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" Some clever answers: "If ...


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Using a VPN service that has a trusted nature like Private Internet Acces, as they don't log user's activities ( well, many claim that but this VPN has gathered a good reviews from privacy advocates including Rick Falkvinge,EFF etc with automated email masking services like Blur from Abine Inc. can help you a lot. You can't be anonymous using these but up to ...



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