What Are You Doing With 25 Million Social Security Numbers On Your Laptop?
from the seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time dept
In the never-ending barrage of stories about customer data leaks, one question is never answered: why are people carrying around laptops with so much personal information anyway? As you might expect, the answer's got more to do with laziness and stupidity than anything else. There's really no good reason for people to be carrying all this data on their laptops when it can be more securely held (in theory, anyway) in a central location, and accessed as needed over a network. Of course, all that requires a lot of effort, as does ensuring employees' computers are using encryption and other security techniques, and as long as companies have no incentive to protect customer data, there's little reason for them to go to the trouble, and cost, of actually securing data.