Posted tagged ‘Sony’

I’ll name that tune in two

May 25, 2011

The recent “external intrusion” or hacking as it’s called in computer lingo, of the Sony PlayStation network has raised serious doubts, yet again, about the safety of users’ personal information on “secure” servers. Sometimes to distance itself from a scandal a company may change its name. Sony used to be called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation). If they dump the new name and bring back the old, you heard it here first.

With the Sony empire caught in the kill zone, who will be next in the sights of a first-person shooter with the ability to hack? The forecast is overcast for Google and other rugged pioneers who have plans for a cloud computing scheme to soar over the atmosphere. Storing files, music and photos on a remote server is a ray of sunshine right enough, what happens if that valuable blog you’ve typed up in five minutes is corrupted or stolen by an invader? Have Google (originally called BackRub) a retrieving device or will that blog be beyond reach like an itch in the middle of your back you can’t scratch.

Personal computer attacks are as common as Wimbledon. Passwords are the first line of defence against intruders. It is recommended that you change your passwords often and try to incorporate x, y and z in the codes. This gives you a licence to use neologisms. Be careful though when playing scrabble lest you forget your word doesn’t exist except in your password box. It’s not nice to be labelled a scrabble cheat.

A three-strikes and you’re out mechanism exists on certain websites to stop cold callers guessing your password. Three wrong attempts and you’re frozen out. This makes it imperative you memorise your secret word. Experimentation with contextualizations is safer in the long run than your mother’s maiden name unless you happen to be the Singaporean Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

As the digital world is awash with bugs, paper is making a comeback. Backing-up copy on Xerox (founded in 1906 as The Haloid Photographic Company) printers and filing in cabinets is the way forward. Kept at the correct temperature these documents will remain immortal as long as when you pore over old scripts you don’t pour cola (Pepsi was originally “Brad’s Drink”) on them. Apart from that, paper is foolscap, foolproof and invincible.