The Briefcase Test

April 5, 2021 | Filed Under websites 

Here’s a fun game we can play. It’s called:

Would you leave your briefcase in the car?

As we take a tour of each of these various parking spaces—keep that in the back of your mind. We can even up the ante a little. You’ve got your laptop in there. It might as well be unlocked. Your email is wide open.Your medical records, financials, and other information? Spread-eagled out. A small score for the DarkWeb but it’s everything to you.

So let’s review this. If your briefcase is all your data, and you want to leave that in your website, and you want to keep that parked, overnight, for years at a time, then where do feel more comfortable? A sketchy downtown parking lot, or in your carport with your skis?

It’s a website. Ten pages. Why would it need privacy?

Email, people. Don’t forget about email. That Pandora’s box is filled with credit cards, and medical files and other sensitive—and potentially lucrative—information. So if we’re talking privacy, you really need to get a room. Not just somewhere to go when it’s mom and dad time. You need your car parked and a room, with one key, and four walls, and a roof, and no other cars parked nearby. No people. No bother. No means for fires or virus to spread either.

Briefcase in the backseat game a metaphor for website hosting.

The Club Soda is a good diversion. But not enough.

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