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Author Topic: Be careful with your personal data...  (Read 3052 times)

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Be careful with your personal data...
« on: June 01, 2006, 06:25:25 AM »
...or this could happen to you: http://www.amirtofangsazan.blogspot.com/

In some way, I think the blog is fun. But it'll be more fun when the blogger faces legal action. People just don't have any decency these days.
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Re: Be careful with your personal data...
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006, 06:59:17 AM »

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Re: Be careful with your personal data...
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 07:04:14 AM »
Oh well...
If it's true that he did sell the laptop online, i think it's fair he got that "public display". And he should respond in court for selling broken stuff.
If not.. poor guy  :down:

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Re: Be careful with your personal data...
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006, 07:25:17 AM »
Something about all this just doesn't sit right in the pit of my stomach...my 'spidey sense' is screaming 'hoax'.

But there is two elements of truth to all of this:

1. When it comes to ebay, buyer beware...and seller beware too. (I don't trust ebay, never did and never will)

2. When selling or disposing of anything that may contain a hard drive, remove and keep the hard drive. Even wiping it is no guarantee that the data can't be recovered. It's better to be safe than sorry.

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Re: Be careful with your personal data...
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006, 07:26:43 AM »
2. When selling or disposing of anything that may contain a hard drive, remove and keep the hard drive. Even wiping it is no guarantee that the data can't be recovered. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Yes, that's a very good point, i'd never thought about that!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Be careful with your personal data...
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006, 11:04:06 AM »
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If it's true that he did sell the laptop online, i think it's fair he got that "public display".
I don't really think so. First, you have to consider the option that it got broken in transport. But even if he did sell a broken laptop etc. as the buyer claims, I think the buyer should have tried a bit harder with legal means. We don't live in the wild, wild west...

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Even wiping it is no guarantee that the data can't be recovered.
If you do a proper full-disk wipe, ths disk won't be recoverable. Sure, the NSA "might be able to read magnetic residue data", but if that stops you from selling a drive, I'd recommend some anti-paranoia treatment ^_^.

It's true that file-based wiping shouldn't be trusted for that kind of stuff, though - especially of linux systems with file-data journalling filesystems (as opposed to NTFS and other systems which only journals file metadata).
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