Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-16-2007, 08:25 PM   #21
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 34
HAHA. No, not a lifetime (currently 29). I am in IT and since I have very personal information (SSN, Finances, Medical Information, Security Clearance info, Estate Planning Info, Picture/Movies, etc) on my drives, I don’t want them falling into the wrong hands. My dad lost his wallet a couple years ago and for some reason he had his social security card and other information in it (bank acct #'s, etc). He claims it was because he could always have the information on him if he needed it. I remember to this day all the things that we had to do to stop people from stealing his $$$ and identity. To this day I monitor his credit like a hawk.
Once SecureDoc is installed and scripts are created, I don’t have to really do anything. Everything is automated.
__________________

__________________
EarlyRetiree1978 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-17-2007, 12:58 AM   #22
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 9
I backup the My Documents folder by using the simple Copy/Paste functions to a flash drive and external hard drive. I've often thought I should investigate if there are advantages in using backup software instead of Copy/Paste but I haven't got around to it yet.

Similarly I've thought about whether I should backup emails in my gmail and yahoo accounts in case Google/Yahoo lose them etc. These are the types of emails that are not a security problem and I backup the very few that are especially important but I'd be disappointed if something went wrong with Google/Yahoo's systems and I lost access to the rest of them. Anyone know how much trust one can place on promises of unlimited email storage?
__________________

__________________
KenM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 01:43 AM   #23
Moderator Emeritus
laurence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,234
I got weird looks from my neighbors today, smashing hard drives in the front yard. Nothing prevents identity theft like a 5 pound sledge!
__________________
laurence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 10:25 AM   #24
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,199
To correct my typo on the prior page:

A DVD with a case won't fit in our box, but a DVD without a case will. If safe deposit box sizes are standard, that may be true for you also.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 10:48 AM   #25
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurencewill View Post
I got weird looks from my neighbors today, smashing hard drives in the front yard. Nothing prevents identity theft like a 5 pound sledge!
I would open up the hard drive by removing all the little screws and putting a large magnet to the plates inside. Afterwards, destroy those plates. If those plates are still in tack, information can be retrieved from them (not by the average person of course).
__________________
EarlyRetiree1978 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 12:49 PM   #26
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurencewill View Post
I got weird looks from my neighbors today, smashing hard drives in the front yard. Nothing prevents identity theft like a 5 pound sledge!
I sure hope you were done using them... or is this some kind of IT-related stress-relief vengeance?
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 01:05 PM   #27
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnehaha
Posts: 2,375
Bury in the backyard anything you don't want people to find
__________________
MinnesotaEats - www.goodfoodmsp.com
Danny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 01:50 PM   #28
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Make sure you open the drive so that you can see if you actually did any damage to the disk itself. I've whacked a few disks to smithereens only to pry the lid back and see a completely undamaged platter.

Best option I've seen for non destructive disposal is to stick it in the diaper genie and make it part of the diaper genie 'sausage'. I dont think anyones going to poke around in there for valuables.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 02:36 PM   #29
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny View Post
Best option I've seen for non destructive disposal is to stick it in the diaper genie and make it part of the diaper genie 'sausage'. I dont think anyones going to poke around in there for valuables.
You've clearly never been around submarine auxiliary-systems machinist's mates...

My excuse is that I was required to inspect the tanks prior to bolting the covers back on.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 03:40 PM   #30
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Ever find any disk drives in there?
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 04:03 PM   #31
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny View Post
Ever find any disk drives in there?
When I left sea duty in 1992, everything equipped with a disk platter or a computer chip was too big to fit through a submarine toilet's 3" flushing valve.

I'm sure that flash drives & cell phones have brought some unwelcome changes on that front...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Blowing sanitaries.jpg (26.4 KB, 80 views)
__________________
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 04:07 PM   #32
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords View Post
When I left sea duty in 1992, everything equipped with a disk platter or a computer chip was too big to fit through a submarine toilet's 3" flushing valve.
I know a challenge when I hear one.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2007, 05:03 PM   #33
Moderator Emeritus
laurence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,234
If anyone recovers data from those drives, I deserve to have my identity stolen! I start with the onboard chips, usually 2-3 blows to crack those up. Then I turn them over and just happily pound away until the center is pounded down enough to pop open the sides to see in. Scratchy scratchy with the flat head screw driver, and we sleep well at night. Plenty of hard drives thrown away with no damage done to them. Like the saying goes, I don't have to outrun the bear, just the other guy.

BCWipe is a great tool to run on your drives before you take the mallet to it.
__________________
laurence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 02:56 AM   #34
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 5,072
Suggestion: Do a yearly DVD backup... and intermediate Flash backups throughout the year. If you backup the all your docs on the flash drive, The most you might lose is 1 year of data. I would suggest that you do the yearly DVD backup right after you file your taxes.

Alternately, you just backup new documents and documents that have changed, you can get by with a much smaller flash drive. But... remember, flash drive do fail!

Oh... put the DVD somewhere other than the house if you want to protect yourself against loss from fire.
__________________
chinaco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 07:56 AM   #35
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,322
Quote:
Originally Posted by EarlyRetiree1978 View Post
I would open up the hard drive by removing all the little screws and putting a large magnet to the plates inside. Afterwards, destroy those plates. If those plates are still in tack, information can be retrieved from them (not by the average person of course).
Here's an easier solution for the average person:

__________________
FinallyRetired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 10:10 AM   #36
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
saluki9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,032
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoonToRetire View Post
Here's an easier solution for the average person:

To all the youngsters out there, let me share this lesson.

Shooting a metal object at near point blank range is a good way to prove Mr Darwin right.
__________________
saluki9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 10:16 AM   #37
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Dont laugh...competition for the "almost a darwin award winner" is very strong this year.

SK Man Hurts Himself Trying to Loosen Lug Nut -- With a Shotgun : Code 911 : Kitsap Sun
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 10:37 AM   #38
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,199
Anyone notice that his first two shots, from four feet away, missed completely?
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 10:40 AM   #39
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,322
Quote:
Originally Posted by saluki9 View Post
To all the youngsters out there, let me share this lesson.

Shooting a metal object at near point blank range is a good way to prove Mr Darwin right.
Well, give the dude a break, he's not the best shot. Did you notice his first two bullets from a few feet away missed? If he had shot from much further away he may have hit half the neighborhood.
__________________
FinallyRetired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2007, 11:33 AM   #40
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,615
Quote:
Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny View Post
Dont laugh...competition for the "almost a darwin award winner" is very strong this year.

SK Man Hurts Himself Trying to Loosen Lug Nut -- With a Shotgun : Code 911 : Kitsap Sun
Let he who has never wanted to shoot his car chamber the first round.
The most surprising thing about this story is that it didn't happen in a southern state. Washington State--who'd a thunk it?
__________________

__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what dvds have you rented lately? maddythebeagle Other topics 59 10-25-2007 07:58 AM
Any good free downloads for Copying DVDs? Cut-Throat Other topics 8 11-16-2006 05:57 PM
The new CEO of Ford drives a Lexus LS430............. Cut-Throat Other topics 96 09-22-2006 04:33 PM
Who drives the END of their dead end street? thefed Other topics 17 06-13-2006 03:01 PM
USB Travel Drives, are they reliable? MJ Other topics 2 04-01-2006 11:46 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:10 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.