The Sony Hack and You: Important reminders on personal security

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Sony hack may seem bigger than all of us, but really it should hit frighteningly close to home.

Troy McCartney works at F1 Solutions, who does IT work in Huntsville. He points out, "For an individual, the most personal form of communication these days is going to be with your mobile device, maybe text message."

Think of all the personal conversations you've had there, things you wouldn't want everyone in your life to know.

How do you know that data is secure? Do you even keep a passcode on your phone? Do you have the ability to remotely wipe it?

National Public Radio and the New York Times even raise the possibility of an "erasable internet", one that doesn't store communications.

We've seen that impulse with the popular app Snapchat, though that app doesn't quite live up to its promises.

Still the principle shows up from time to time, like with the texting app, Wickr.

McCartney says it destroys texts at a set time. They use it at F1 Solutions.

Still even with all the tricks at your disposal, McCartney says you need to recognize, "What's secure today, may not be secure tomorrow. There are always vulnerabilities and new hacks that are discovered every day."

When writing your texts and emails, don't get too caught up in concepts like erasable internet.

McCartney says, "The best thing to do is just not take the risk."

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