Brian Maki's "Little Black Book" offers a sensible approach to dealing with the difficulties introduced by technology in our lives. As an instructor and IT consultant for over twenty years, Maki has seen how technology has profoundly transformed our lives to the point of becoming addicted to permanent "contact", of feeling a lack of patience when we are not connected, and have been bombarded with spam, IT frustrations and, even worse, threats of identity theft.
The title of the book refers to the need for us to keep track of our digital life through an old-fashioned, non-digital medium, preferably a paper book in which we write all our usernames and passwords, as well as to keep track of any changes made. to our accounts. Although Maki also admits that a flash drive can serve this purpose, he warns that flash drives are themselves prone to viruses, and tracking passwords on a computer leaves them available to hackers computer and viruses.
Through many short and concise chapters, Maki explains the concerns we all must have about our digital footprint. He regularly recommends "googling ourselves", regularly updating our facilities in order to reduce headaches, manage junk mail, the additional risks of identity theft if you have a mobile phone and the real power of social networking sites. about our lives, and how we can protect ourselves from the information these sites collect about us.
But what distinguishes this book the most, is that it is related to the importance of end-of-life planning. After telling the story of William Weber, a man whom Maki helped organize his digital life before his death, Maki emphasizes how few of us think of what will happen to our digital lives and our online identity after our death. It offers practical tips to monitor our digital life and plan to close accounts to protect us from identity theft even after we die.
This little book is valuable for focusing on a topic that most people never think about. Maki covers many topics that will help us protect our identity, our property, our freedom and, more generally, our happiness. As Maki says:
"You need to re-examine how you interact with the Internet, what you share, why you share it and learn to never follow the path of trust on the Internet – it's your digital life to control."
As Maki points out, technology will stay with us for the rest of our lives – it will not go away – so we must actively learn to control it and protect ourselves from it by putting it in its place, which means is only necessary to help us. rather than letting it continue to control our lives. I certainly feel the importance of this need and hope that other readers will do it too.