Data Protection

Of course as medical Psioneers you use your Psion in your job and you probably carry confidential information on them as well. The question often asked 'Just how secure is the Psion?'. What would happen if you left it on the tube or bus and somebody picked it up?

The answer to this is probably a lot safer than your desktop PC at home and safer than most hospital patient data systems. This is because the EPOC operating system is a lot more difficult to break than your standards Windows/Dos/Unix system. Mainstream hackers aren't interested in your Psion as more likely than not it   contains your great aunts birthdays and a letter (which you never sent!) of complaint to your boss.

Password protection

The S3 and S5 have built into them a password protection system that when activated asks for your password each time you use it. Now most Windows passwords are fairly easy to get around if you know what you are doing, however about the only way to get around the Psion password system is to do either

  1. Guess the password

  2. Do a hard reset in which case all the data is safe as it has just been wiped.

About passwords

I know you have probably been told a hundred times about password selection but it is worth saying once more. Choose a password that is nonsense and contains numbers and letters (egrn4we62). Don't choose the name of your cat, dog or goldfish as somebody is bound to guess this.

OK.... but I'm still not happy

Well as promised I will review the various encryption programs

(sorry only one so far!)

Program Comment Rating
Datasafe by Palmtop BV An excellent program produced as freeware by those excellent people at Palmtop BV. The aim of the program is to remember all those numbers and codes that now plague our everyday life. It is password protected and provides some form of strong encryption to the data file. My only concern would be putting all those codes into one place. WB01395_.gif (262 bytes)WB01395_.gif (262 bytes)WB01395_.gif (262 bytes)WB01395_.gif (262 bytes)