full access to your computer?
I would imagine, like myself, there are very private things stored and filed on your hard drive or discs/memory sticks etc.
With a recent death in the family I can't shake the thought if I passed [little morbid I know] who would be the person sifting through my enormous collection of saved things that are personal or private to me.
Granted I save way too much, and will spend the week 'cleaning' it up.
Would you be embarrassed right now if you knew those closest to you had access to all your files/photos/videos and writings not to mention undeleted personal emails?
Dead maybe, still the thought has been bothering me as I have things I would hope no one would read! Passwords aren't the answer I think delete is for me!!
never. Some things have to be kept private. You never know if someone is actually intruding your private space. So better prevention than cure.
I have considered writing down all of my accounts and passwords because you never know what could happen. I am not fearful of anyone seeing anything, but they may not understand some of what is written.
I'm with you here... I'm not concerned with what someone might find on my computer as much as I'm concerned what they can't find. I have many online properties that earn a small, but when added up, significant income. I have all of my accounts and passwords listed and saved offline but with the passwords, I have to constantly update them. I never keep the same one for more than a month. I wouldn't call it paranoid, I'd call it being responsible. You can only imagine how tedious this task is, but to put it in perspective, I have over 20 websites, 2 different hosting companies, 6 different affiliate networks, not to mention Ebay and Amazon, and 5 different bank accounts and a Paypal account. Plus, I run two offline businesses and need to consider my clients privacy as well. I'm sure I'm forgetting something but I have an Excel spreadsheet that gets updated each month and placed on my SD card which I keep in a safe location.
Those trying to hack into my secured wireless network would be disappointed to find no porn, or private pictures, or anything they could use to steal my identity or the identities of my clients. I don't keep secrets from those I love and care about and I don't hold grudges or ramblings about those that are no longer in my life.
The OP brought up a very good topic for discussion as many people don't really think about these things and it's a pretty good idea if they started to.
nice post my friend, good points
To be honest, it wouldn't bother me that much. At any time my kids can access my computer so I've always been pretty careful. They are far more worried about me finding out what they've been up to.
that's funny, although something we as parents should be monitoring.
Yes, I am cool, stalking, censoring mother who reads their facebook page. Not really, I don't read their facebook pages because I accept there are things that I probably shouldn't know (I was young once ) It's just with my daughter more than anything, she's only fourteen and I've worked with sex offenders in the past so it does make you a little over protective.
great idea, I think I'll do that too!
I would be a little embarrassed but only because of the poems and stories i've written and that because i'm a little self-conscious about it. I don't really like the idea of my parents or brother reading about my inner-most thoughts. But it could be worse, definitely.
there are many things that I have on my computer that I would hate for my kids to find, but I hope that I have hidden them well enough that they never will. The use of directories in places where people would never look to multiple depths, passwords and so forth can hide things quite effectively!
Unlike my friend who gave me a film on his usb memory stick and I accidentally copied his and his wives home made porn movie which was in the same directory!! (I never did tell him or his wife, or even my wife at the time as she would have told them!)
I'm prepared. There's no way I'd ever put anything on my computer that I'd care about if any family members found it. I've got some personal financial/legal stuff, but that would be fine as far as I'm concerned. With legal stuff that I REALLY don't want anyone to see ("dirty laundry" from spin-off cases from a divorce), I store that minimal amount somewhere other than on either of my computers.
I'm pretty "paranoid" about what I'll put either online or on my PC (or whether I'll ever tell anyone anything I hope to be kept secret). If it's something that would be "the end of the world" if anyone saw it, I don't put it where anyone but someone I designate as having the right to see it might find it. On the other hand, I'm fairly open about a lot of stuff (minus some details), because there's no point trying to hide some things anyway, nobody really cares most of the time, and it's always better to be in charge of your own story than let someone else say they know it (and then tell their version of it).
Having said that... All of you people who have porn-stuff on your computers, get RID of it!!!! No good can come of it!!
No. I guess I must be too boring...there is nothing I have saved that I would mind if anyone read. I guess if I had a dirty little secret I would know better than to put it on the computer.
But alas I don't...
oh boy just looking and I even need to erase private hubber emails. they are not for my spouse or brother to find. At least between videos and photos I am freeing up my hard drive huge!!!!!!!!
its a lot of fun imagining you cleaning up! and the stuff that you have on your computer - oo la la! that's what makes you so interesting I guess. Me, it all depends on who would be looking at it, but nothing really nasty - I try to follow the advise that if I wouldn't want my kids to see it I shouldn't say or save it anyway. I might be embarrassed a bit by some of the corny things and the kitten pictures! hopefully they will get a few laughs
Well with no children my computer somehow became very naughty! Help Mega
Naughty is cool. Go with it, I'm sure the people who are close to you would be disappointed if it was all boring stuff.
OMG your hilarious but I like your thinking!
...better check your bedside drawers or closets too....just sayin' ...it's not just the gumbuter you have to worry about......
it doesn't matter when the lights are finally out, right?....you can't hide everything....i say, leave some surprises....to put a smile on faces!
unfortunately i just went through what you're original post indicated...it was all good....sometimes I smiled!
forgot the ....
This. This is what I was afraid to post, and thinking Very Loudly.
Hee! I think about that sometimes.
First, I have things buried deeply. For example, I have passwords hidden deep down on a file whose name is an innocuous term in botany, and the passwords aren't written out -- instead I've written riddles or questions to remind me what they are.
Secondly -- okay, confession time! When I was stressed and laden down with huge amounts of dry, dusty academic work in grad school, in response to a relationship that crashed and burned, I suddenly had an attack of writing goofy bodice-rippers under a nom de plume. (A certain slice of the web loved them.)
The nom de plume protects me online; there's no way that drek will ever turn up linked to my real name in search results. If my family ever discovers them buried deep down in my computer, well, look. I'm a human being. It's part of who I am -- hopefully not a major part, but still -- if they can't accept it, too bad; I'll be dead!
As long as it's not something criminal, I don't think you have any reason to be ashamed. If it is, change your life. (I know, I know, if your family has certain religious beliefs, their definition of "criminal" may be a lot broader than the law, but that's their problem, not yours!)
for you, in particular, my advise would be to just go get a new computer, get all new email addresses and start over completely with new subscriptions to family-friendly sites like facebook and Dr. Seuss. Use your old computer for smut. Use the new one for Little House on the Prairie comments and attitudes. You will win! I'm not sure whether you can add all your new clean stuff to your adsense and hp ad program accounts, but if you can, maybe you can make some money off of the squeaky clean people! You go girl! (I might have to come over and help you keep the smut where it belongs!!)
The question is are they prepared to have access to my computer?
Once I am dead, I really won't be in the least worried with what I did in this manifestation. If the contents of my computer change the memory people have of me, so be it.
I used to keep a journal. As an artist I thought it was really important to spend time in introspection and careful examination through articulation (in prose) of the only human experience I will ever have--my own.
That was discovered and had catastrophic effects that took years to recover from.
So, bottom line, don't write it down until they are dead or until you don't care about their opinions anymore. And, if the latter, spend some time on that before you decide you are certain (and willing to bet) that you will always feel that way.
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