Would You Store Data Under Your Skin?

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When it comes to intelligent business security, business owners tend to stay updated on the most recent developments: How to upgrade closed circuit camera systems, how to keep track of visitors, how to encrypt or mask sensitive data to keep it safe from hackers.

We stress the importance of backing up work, updating software, installing firewalls… It’s a never ending quest to keep everything we’ve worked hard for, safe. But is there such a thing as crossing a line when it comes to data security?

What is Radio Frequency Identification?

You know how we can track packages we ship, and microchip our pets in case they get lost? That’s called radio frequency identification (RFID), and has been around for over half a century. However, some businesses are upping the ante by having some of their employees keep business data safe by placing an RFID chip under their skin.

Why would anyone opt for such an invasive procedure?

With online shopping, same day delivery, social media, Spotify, Netflix, and other instant gratification platforms, we are used to immediate results. What’s the point of waiting?

That’s the argument for installing RFI microchip in people: No longer would a person have to dig in their purses or pockets for keys. Just scan your hand, and you can get into your car, into your business, or access all of your banking and social media information stored in your phone, without even having to press your thumbprint for biometrics recognition.

How reliable is it?

Not much if you’re planning on storing large amounts of information. An RFID microchip can only store up to 2,000 bytes of data. That said, at the rate technology progresses, it won’t be surprising if that capacity is exponentially increased in the months to come.

It’s also not foolproof. You may think that by having it under your skin, your data is safe. However, they could be easily cloned.

Is it safe to install it inside our own bodies?

The Food and Drug Administration says it’s safe (Hilarious. Because they have our best interests at heart, right?) It does have some positive sides to it. It makes it easier for medical providers to access a patient’s medical history. But on the other side of the coin, it has also been linked to cancer. Regardless of which side of the argument you prefer, the subject lends itself to question whether this practice is even ethical. What happens if employers start requiring it from employees?

Play it safe by backing up your data and trusting a reliable IT team to keep you safe. At Source 1 Solutions, we hire only the most sophisticated information technology experts. Contact us with all of your business security concerns. We’ll be able to take care of them without microchipping your workers. And that will keep them from running away from you.


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