Note to self: save everything on a flash drive from now on

7 Oct

I felt particularly unmotivated today at work so I did what any bored, self-obsessed office worker with access to a computer would do – I Googled myself. To my surprise, I was given a link to download a french paper I wrote last year. Apparently, anyone is able to access all of the documents that are saved on my personal drive at school. And not just on my drive; there’s a directory of every student at Westminster.

I hope everyone is as creeped out by this as I am.

We hear all the time how accessible personal information is on the internet, and I consider myself pretty aware of the risks of online communication (see my previous post about identity theft for the details of my paranoia). What surprises me is that Westminster would allow this information to just float around in cyberspace for anyone to see. I am kind of shocked that there aren’t more precautions taken, or at the very least that students aren’t told that any document they save is available to the public eye.

Mostly the documents I have saved are old school papers, articles for the paper, and design projects. Harmless enough. What worries me are the class schedules I make up every semester, drafts of letters I have to write and the budget I have saved in excel.

Note to self: save everything on a flashdrive from now on.

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5 Responses to “Note to self: save everything on a flash drive from now on”

  1. Becky Green October 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    creepy…makes me kind of glad I don’t go to school 🙂 You also show up listed in the sterling scholars column from way back when.

  2. Landon and Kylie October 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    That IS creepy…but at least now, next time I have to write a French paper, I know where I can get a good one!

  3. Williams Family October 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Sounds like a lazy persons dream, if you ask me. Just check out the database, find a paper fitting your assignment (written by a Westminster genius no less), print and turn in! I’m going back to college for sure!

  4. Roger and Laurene October 9, 2008 at 4:30 am #

    Hey Chel… Your paper was pretty good. Thanks for sharing. :0)

  5. Chelsea October 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    Ironically, it wasn’t a very good paper. I threw it together in like 15 minutes.

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