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Poll: Do you worry about security issues if you work from public places (libraries, coffee shops, etc.)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you worry about security issues if you work from public places (libraries, coffee shops, etc.)?".

This poll was originally submitted by Karin Zimmer. View the poll results »



 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 04:34
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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I don't work from public places Jul 16, 2013

I prefer working in the quietness of my home. When travelling, I might take a laptop to check e-mails or to revise a text if there are any delays in flights, but that's all!

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:34
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes Jul 16, 2013

which is one of the reasons why I do not work in such areas.

 

Tatty  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:34
Spanish to English
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Only work from home Jul 16, 2013

I only work from home, as others have said. I need peace and quiet and my reference books. But what security issues would be raised if you worked from a coffee shop? Would you be afraid that someone is reading the text over your shoulder?

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:34
Hebrew to English
Security issues? In the Shrewsbury branch of Starbucks? Nah. Jul 16, 2013

Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody's comin' to get me ♪♫♪ ♪♫♪

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBgmC_USeoM

Not that I work there. Bit of a cliché to be sat in a coffee shop with laptop open nowadays.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/caf-owner-going-to-kill-laptop-using-bastard-201109094285

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:34
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Dutch to English
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I only work from home too Jul 16, 2013

I only work from home.
Out and about I use my own mobile service only to take calls and reply to emails


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 12:34
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
More than worrying about security issues... Jul 16, 2013

...it would be downright impossible since I use a bulky desktop computer which doubles as a lapcruncher.

Security issues? Well nobody would understand the stuff I translate anyway because of it's technical nature.

And, work in libraries? I'd be thrown out because of the expletives that I let out occasionally But I've heard that demure librarians like blokes who talk dirty .... icon_biggrin.gif

Answered "I don't work in public places"


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:34
Member (2006)
German to English
Not paranoia Jul 16, 2013

Ty Kendall wrote:

Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody's comin' to get me ♪♫♪ ♪♫♪

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBgmC_USeoM

Not that I work there. Bit of a cliché to be sat in a coffee shop with laptop open nowadays.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/caf-owner-going-to-kill-laptop-using-bastard-201109094285

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Come on Ty, have you seen how easy it is to crack th IP address of a computer / smartphone using unprotected public access?

It has nothing to do with paranoia, it just has something to do with being cautious.


 

Ellen Soors  Identity Verified
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English to Dutch
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security issues = somebody can read your text? Jul 16, 2013

To me, 'security issues' means somebody can steal my laptop. But that's probably because I live in Colombia and this can actually happen when you turn your back to the table to order your next cappuccino. So yes, I worry about security issues, but I almost always work from home.

Other than that, Colombia is a great country to live in and be a translator. People think you're a god when you speak more than two languagesicon_wink.gif


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:34
English to Spanish
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Or a goddess in your case :) Jul 16, 2013

Ellen Soors wrote:

To me, 'security issues' means somebody can steal my laptop. But that's probably because I live in Colombia and this can actually happen when you turn your back to the table to order your next cappuccino. So yes, I worry about security issues, but I almost always work from home.

Other than that, Colombia is a great country to live in and be a translator. People think you're a god when you speak more than two languagesicon_wink.gif


...not to mention the inexpensive coffee.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:34
English to Spanish
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Me worry? Jul 16, 2013

Actually, I interpret the poll question as being paralyzingly concerned with an inescapable situation...which is nothing like my life's situations.

The most I've done in public Wi-Fi enabled places was checking my email...which I usually do with my smartphone.

Aside from doing my translation work at home (or at a client's office on occasion), I don't do my online banking in any public place for security issues.


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:34
Hebrew to English
I presumed... Jul 16, 2013

Michael Harris wrote:

Ty Kendall wrote:

Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody's comin' to get me ♪♫♪ ♪♫♪

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBgmC_USeoM

Not that I work there. Bit of a cliché to be sat in a coffee shop with laptop open nowadays.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/caf-owner-going-to-kill-laptop-using-bastard-201109094285

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Come on Ty, have you seen how easy it is to crack th IP address of a computer / smartphone using unprotected public access?

It has nothing to do with paranoia, it just has something to do with being cautious.


Ah, but I presumed that nobody would connect to a public network as a basic security precaution, or just work offline. I agree that certain basic things like that are a must, but I certainly wouldn't worry about someone peeking over my shoulder.


 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 05:34
English to Russian
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Security issue No. 1 Jul 16, 2013

We may not care too much about data security, and after all, it's indeed very unlikely that someone will deliberately target us to extract valuable information. Nevertheless, many of our clients do care a lot, and make us sign agreements to that effect, so in the long run we have to take care of it anyway. For everyone's information, the single most important security issue for a typical translator working at a public place most likely has to do with sending and receiving e-mail over an unencrypted channel. However, it is very easy to overcome: the vast majority of e-mail providers now support SSL/TLS encryption for both incoming (POP or IMAP) and outgoing (STMP) connections. This alone would take care of the extra risk of e-mail interception in a public network compared to the home one.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:34
English to Spanish
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Security issue No. 2 Jul 16, 2013

Anton brought up a very important topic: confidential agreements signed with some of our clients. In the professional world (with so many occupations and players), NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) and confidential agreements are key to building trust, reputation and long-term business relationships.

Some online security setups such as VPNs, two-password ID portals and the like, can be cumbersome but are necessary. Part of my translation work is done for a cybersecurity client, and I know all too well about the importance of keeping things confidential. I don't even name my client's name in my professional Tweet feeds or in my website or blog.

Too bad that some individuals sign nondisclosure agreements just as a token procedure to gain access to confidential information and carry out their own agendas. Sounds familiar?


 

njweatherdon
Canada
French to English
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digital age common sense applies; reality is always there Jul 16, 2013

Not much, but "common sense" precautions always apply, from the digital security perspective.


While I don't worry about it, I never like it when people are looking over my shoulder when I work, regardless of whether they're actually looking over my shoulder or have any reason to do so ... so when working in public places I tend to find a spot where this is not a concern.

Maybe this sounds weird, but I think it's common enough.

Depending on the country, and Colombia is a good example, I do worry about working in public cafes and then my computer becoming a target for theft, which is why I still have a second rate computer, which I still keep a close eye over, and this will not change any time soon.


 
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