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Week 4 – Reflection

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By Leah Korganowski in the group COMP 607: Fall 2015 cohort October 12, 2015 - 2:29pm

This week we primarily focused on encryption and the ability to secure data. Looking at my own uses I do in fact always use strong encryption in my passwords and my files. Computing has come a long way in the past few years and the fear that bot ability to bombard and attack a log-in page to one of my accounts is always present in my mind. That is why I tend to use a really long password key with letters, numbers, and characters to ensure the safety of my account. My files and hard drive are instances that I could engage them to be encrypted to protect them from unwanted eyes. Not necessarily that I am harboring secret information, but to protect myself in case my computer was stolen. I think every individual, especially us in Canada, have the right to our own privacy and that these types of actions are okay. 

If I found out that the government had the ability to view all my files, even the encrypted one I would feel that my freedoms have been heavily imposed upon and that I would be living in a government and police state. A scary concept! 

I think entertainment companies should be able to encrypt their songs, as it is their property. I think though that this type of infringement of breaking their keys isn’t as prevalent and of importance as it once was. I know many artists are now putting their music on YouTube and other entertainment sites to gain recognition and popularity, and thus by doing so users are able to listen to their music for free. I think a lot of their main revenue comes from branding and concerts. If however there was an encryption key on the music and someone would try to break that, I don’t think that would be right. However listening to an entertainment site where the music has been willingly put up is okay as the artist has already agreed for people to listen to their music.