asks: “I was recently paying rent in my apartment office when I noticed
several of the rental agents frantically shaking a nearby keyboard.
Being a geek, I intervened… and plugged the mouse back in. A barrage
of performance questions ensued, so I checked their system for any
issues. The results were astounding: Windows 95, no firewall, no AV
software, and no backup software on a machine containing thousands of
individuals personal information (including mine). I ran some utilities
and removed dozens of viruses and instances of spyware. I voiced my
concerns over security issues, but was told that 'there is no budget
for such things' and that 'we haven't had any trouble in the past.'
Have any of you run across similar instances of small companies
refusing to protect your data? What can I do to convince them to secure
the network?” [Privacy Digest]