Today’s security tip

How to handle a certain delicate situation with one’s phone, explained by Jack Baruth:

Two years ago, I had the USB port on my Motorola Droid4 fail. That meant that once the battery died, I wouldn’t be able to use the phone at all, and since the battery in the Droid4 is installed with screws and a very delicate connector, I wouldn’t be able to easily change the battery for a charged one. The problem with this is that I didn’t know the USB port had failed until the phone died.

I had a $50 insurance plan that I could use to get a replacement phone. The problem was that I had a bunch of photos that a female friend had sent me on that phone. I’d been keeping them for reasons of sentimentality/laziness. Sending the phone into the insurance provider would hand over a dozen nude photos of a woman who had a professional image to protect. And since she was in my contacts, they’d have her name and contact information.

I sat down and thought about it for a while. Then I went out to my front porch and hit the phone with a Craftsman hammer until it was in little pieces. Then I went out and bought another phone.

Well done, sir. In the unlikely event that someone sends me such a photo, I will keep this available for reference.


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 August 2014 · 8:36 pm

    That’s a gentleman, right there.

  2. McGehee »

    13 August 2014 · 10:47 pm

    The USB port on my Nexus 7 is giving warning signs, and I know this because I pay attention to such things as battery status and charging rate.

    I blame it on my old iPhone, just as I blame my virus/malware alertness on having used (still using) Windows. But I really don’t understand having so much confidence in something Scotty could cripple with a dirty look that one wouldn’t pay attention to these things.

  3. trumwill »

    13 August 2014 · 11:14 pm

    Lessons here:

    Get phone with removable battery.

    Store camera images on SD card (get phone with SD card)

    Don’t get insurance on your phone.

  4. jsallison »

    15 August 2014 · 9:15 pm

    Feast your eyes and delete. Your memory will improve over time. It’s not like you’re building an archive to survive the upcoming idiotocalypse. I’ve received numerous. They’re all gone. I remember.

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