Children – you’ve go to love them…often happily ignorant to their parent’s data security malaise…
I caught up with my brother-in-law just before Christmas exchanging news and stories about our respective families when he sheepishly provided me with the topic for this blog.
My young nephew had decided that he would help his daddy by providing him with a comprehensive list for Father Christmas. Using his young initiative, together with his daddy’s iPad, he created a wonderful list based on the product photographs from the website of a well-known online retailer.
Within a few hours, my brother-in-law was the bewildered recipient of an order confirmation email that had pinged into his inbox. To his absolute horror, and unbeknown to him, he had successfully purchased over £250 worth of toys.
After a fairly heated telephone exchange between himself and the retailer’s customer service department, the order was cancelled and he directed his attention to his online account. The penny dropped when, upon seeing his daddy using the iPad, his son asked to show him the list he’d made for Father Christmas.
Some months earlier, courtesy of the very helpful browser software, my brother-in-law had decided it would be quicker and easier to allow it to save his usernames and passwords. The result? Far too quick and far too easy for his son to inadvertently purchase everything on his Christmas wish list!
So, people, if you’re going to take the easy route and save usernames and passwords through your browser, ensure that your device is password protected. Either that or prevent it from becoming your child’s latest play thing – keep it out of reach!
Think data security. Think data protection. What is YOUR security profile?