Sophos Pulls Funny Prank for Easter
Article by George Norman
On 26 Apr 2011
As promised a few days ago, I am back from my Easter holiday during which besides Easter, I also celebrated St George’s Day and my birthday. As I came back I noticed that I wasn’t the only one who had a good time during this time. Sophos, company that specializes in providing antivirus, anti-spam, spyware removal software, network and internet security, had some fun as well.

Each and every year, the Easter Bunny hides brightly colored eggs and baskets full of goodies for the children to discover. Senior Security Advisor with Sophos Canada, Chester Wisniewski, announced that the Easter Bunny ran into a bit of a problem during his traditional Easter mission.

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The problem was that the Easter Bunny stored the location of the eggs in just one basket; and somehow managed to lose that basket. The Easter Bunny stored all his data and maps in just one basket and if said data were to be compromised it “would be a tragedy” as a concerned parent told Sophos. The location of all the eggs and baskets full of goodies could be compromised.

The good news is that data that could reveal the locations of all the eggs and baskets was encrypted, which means that even if someone found the lost basket, that someone would not be able to view the location of all the eggs and baskets the Easter Bunny hid.

Sophos got in touch with a spokesperson for the Easter Bunny who had this to comment:
“The Easter Bunny takes the joy of children seriously, and despite the loss of his maps, Easter will proceed normally.”

Just goes to show you that data loss accidents can happen no matter who you are. You may lose your phone, or your laptop, or a USB stick containing private, sensitive information. It pays to encrypt your data and thus ensure that should you lose your device, the data stored on it will not be readily available to whoever finds it.

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