When I did something wrong as a youngster, the last thing I thought about doing was taking a picture of the act and making it public. How hard is that to figure out? Picture=proof.
So when I read a news article like this, I'm still baffled why an offender thinks a photo taunt to a victim is worth their inevitable arrest. How fitting is the term Facebook now. The words "face" and "book" should be enough to warn potential violators.
The theft happened in Arlington, Virginia. Area police say typical burglary cases are normally left unsolved. I can understand that, if there's no trail of clues or witnesses it hard to find the culprit. So I wasn't surprised in learning how many cases go unsolved. I've come to the conclusion that it up to you to protect your household and limit the risk. Don't keep large sums of cash in your house, have an alarm system, get a dog, lock the doors/windows, and don't advertise when you're not home. Limit who you're letting in your home. Thieves often know the layout before hand because they've been to the house before.
What surprised me the most was the father's observation about his son losing some documents including one he had never backed up for years. Never backed up? How difficult is it to setup a back-up these days? You can buy a nice hard drive with some backup software that will automatically run a backup as often as you need. Companies make these programs so user-friendly that it's impossible to come up with a reason not to have it.
My three simple rules I tell friends and coworkers-
- Backup everything
- Uses strong passwords and don't write them down
- Never send email/post something you wouldn't want on the front page of newspaper