Given the opportunity to decouple our clutter from the physical world, we have allowed it to spread to computers and networking resources and even as far as cloud services. Recently, online polling agency OnePoll did research comparing attitudes toward maintaining order in refrigerators versus keeping order in digital resources at work. Or rather, OnePoll’s research compared the levels of disorder.
I don’t know why they chose a refrigerator — probably because the inside of a fridge is concealed from view just like the clutter that reigns in the digital space — but I read the report with great interest, learning, for example, that more than one-third of respondents had stumbled onto their colleagues’ confidential data at work. And another third were still able to access files from their previous employers. These discoveries prompted me to recall three real-world cases from my own experience. They do well illustrating the danger of digital clutter, so I decided to share them here.
A few years ago, I worked for a small system-integration company, where one of my tasks was writing about the company’s prerelease software products. To spare my workstation the unnecessary load of repeated program installation and removal cycles, I asked for a virtual machine. A virtual machine is easily reset to a clean system state. Using a virtual machine also appears to be a reasonable security measure — if it’s well-configured, of course.
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Source : kaspersky