Monthly Archives: June 2011
How do you use cloud computing? And what precautions do you take to keep your information secure?
Over the weekend, an authentication bug made Dropbox accounts accessible via any password. Because encryption and decryption happen on their servers and not yours, they hold the encryption key. This gives you access to your files even if you lose your password. In this case, it also gave hackers access to your files.
Dropbox reports that only a small number–about 1%–of accounts may have been accessed, and they’ve contacted the owners of those accounts. But it raises the question: how safe is the cloud?
Of course, nothing is foolproof. But there are some things to keep in mind. Namely, these kinds of services can be great for file sharing and transfer. The question is, what files are you sharing and transferring? Take a hard look at what kind of information you put there, and think about your real comfort level.
Photo by zebble, via Flickr.
We all have room for improvement. And we all want to get it right the first time. All too often, this results in conflict. Here are some tips on how to handle that.
1) Accept that you’re not going to get it right the first time, every time. Life is one big learning experience, and sometimes we just screw up. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and find a new approach to whatever didn’t work. People are more likely to overlook your errors if you acknowledge them and look for solutions.
2) Recognize that it is not “My way or the highway.” There are lots of solutions. Is yours the best? Maybe. Maybe not. When someone disagrees with your idea or approach, focus on what is best for your project, rather than what is best for your ego. If your way is best, be prepared to demonstrate why. If it’s just “your way,” consider the merits of “their way.”
3) Consider the source. Sometimes the criticism comes from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about, and isn’t a stakeholder. The comment is still worth considering, because someone with an outside view may have a perspective you don’t, and can’t. But if the criticism is based on a lack of familiarity with project goals, organizational mission, or previous decisions, then it’s probably fine to let it lie.
Please note that #3 is not a license for rudeness. Being a jerk will come back to haunt you.