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Poll: How aware are you regarding the security of your translations if/when you work away from home?
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Aug 26, 2012

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How aware are you regarding the security of your translations if/when you work away from home?".

This poll was originally submitted by Joseph Wojowski. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I've answered 'other' Aug 26, 2012

Because I don't really work away from home, and when I do it's at my in-laws house so I don't think security is an issue.

I can only assume the poll refers to working in public places ....


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 08:48
Spanish to English
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Fairly Aug 26, 2012

When working away from home, I tend to take more precautions than usual.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Not very Aug 26, 2012

I do it so seldom that the question hadn't occurred to me.

I assumed this question was about making sure that others don't have access to the text, but just now I wondered if it was about actually losing some of my work. Does anyone want to clarify?


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 07:48
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English to Portuguese
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Not very concerned Aug 26, 2012

I do it so rarely...

Also a clarification: I only open my laptop in a public place to check my e-mail, NEVER to work...

[Edited at 2012-08-26 14:31 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-08-26 15:29 GMT]


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Absolutely no need at all Aug 26, 2012

Because I don't work away from my office - period. This should have been one of the options.

Anyway, everyone in my immediate neighborhood thinks I make a living "fiddling around with computers" and they wouldn't even understand most of the stuff I translate anyway even if they were to find their way into my den.

The best security is telling nobody nuffin. icon_smile.gif


 

dasein_wm  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2009)
Italian to English
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Not at all Aug 26, 2012

Julian Holmes wrote:

Because I don't work away from my office - period. This should have been one of the options.

Anyway, everyone in my immediate neighborhood thinks I make a living "fiddling around with computers" and they wouldn't even understand most of the stuff I translate anyway even if they were to find their way into my den.

The best security is telling nobody nuffin. icon_smile.gif


This is true for me as well. I only work at home. I think only one of my friends/acquaintances has the foggiest notion of what I do. Most people just can't get their head around it for some reason - and that is just fine with me.


 

Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 09:48
English to Russian
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Don't understand Aug 26, 2012

Did the author of this question meant somebody might peep into my monitor, remember the text, retype it quickly and sell as his own translationicon_smile.gif)

 

Joseph Wojowski  Identity Verified
United States
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French to English
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Clarification Aug 26, 2012

More, if you work in public places, are you making sure to be near a corner so no one can look over your shoulder, are you putting security up on your sharing capabilities so no one can access your computer from another on the same network, if you walk away, are you closing the screen and setting a password upon opening it up again, etc. I mainly posed this question to get those who work away from their office/home who maybe aren't as knowledgeable about computers and haven't thought about the security of their work before when in public places. Computer security is a risky thing and you need to be careful, especially when dealing with confidential materials. When in doubt, don't go out!

 

Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:48
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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Public wifi Aug 26, 2012

I assumed the question was to do with working in a coffee shop or similar and using a public wifi system or other mobile internet solution to transmit a document to the client.
I've certainly seen proz users expound on the delights of being able to work anywhere ... on the beach ... etc.


 

Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:48
Member (2004)
English to German
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Why? Aug 26, 2012

Why would I work on confidential material in a public place? Sorry, this makes no sense. Either the material you are working on is confidential, than you should take the necessary precautions (one of them - not working in a public place), or it is not confidential.

Working away from home for me normally means at the client facilities (because of confidentiality reasons) or in our "office" in Southern France, where the security of the network/internet infrastructure is as high as in our main office.

Working at/near the beach is definitely an option, but not with confidential material, more on internal documents, such as style guides, or our own marketing material etc.


 

Susana Magnani  Identity Verified
Argentina
Member
English to Spanish
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I answered "other"... Aug 26, 2012

... because I really didn't understand the point of the survey. Maybe because the material I work with is mostly website content, brochures, magazines, etc. which will be public soon after I submit it.

This having been said, I treat every translation as confidential anyway, because it is not my prerogative to publish them, but the clients'. However, I don't think anyone would be interested in accessing the stuff I work with.

I do have ONE client who deals with highly confidential material. I've never worked away from home when translating their stuff.

I do work away from home on occasion (I've had a couple of Internet outages last year, and I had to work at a café for a few days). As I said, it was mostly internet and magazine content which was made public right about a week after, anyway...


 

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 08:48
English to German
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Other Aug 26, 2012

Julian Holmes wrote:

Because I don't work away from my office - period. This should have been one of the options.

With Julian

Best regards
Rolf Kern

[Bearbeitet am 2012-08-26 12:56 GMT]


 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:48
French to German
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Other Aug 26, 2012

I never work anywhere but in my office.

When I'm away from my office I don't work. It's as simple as that.

I wouldn't dream of working in cafés (why should I? I can make my own coffee) and when I'm travelling it's because I'm on holiday and I wouldn't dream of working while being on holiday (because then it wouldn't be a holiday, right?).


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:48
French to English
I work away from home occasionally Aug 26, 2012

The more of these polls I see, the more I realize quite how difficult it is to write a good question. There is almost always some ambiguity to the question. Probably also as we are so used to looking for the odd trap here and there, we see them everywhere! Doesn't mean we're right to do so, but I think we can't help it.

So, I do sometimes work away from home. At home/office I work on my laptop and once a piece is paid for it goes onto my external disk and that's it. I never leave my computer lying around and have all the usual codes to access it and so on. I try to be sensible and avoid being paranoid about it. When I work away from home, then it's on the same laptop. On occasion, I work away from home in order to work at a client's office as for some, none of their stuff is allowed out of their system. Trials, studies and so on. Participant names etc, that work is done in situ and I take my car, my phone, ID and money.

All work is bound by professional secrecy anyway and I keep it to myself.


 
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