Friday, June 17, 2011

Electron Footprints

If I read lots of ebooks, does that save trees? And does it reduce my carbon footprint? I guess I've not looked into how much carbon-generated electricity the computer and my kindle eat, but I know they eat plenty of electrons. And this week I learned my electron footprint's somewhat longer than I'd like.

I bought a book in 2008--well, several I suppose, but this one was from an internet site that I've never been to since. I had to set up an account with the seller--email, name, address, password, the usual stuff. And this week I got an email from them to say their server's been hacked. It was all so long ago I've no idea what password I used, so suddenly all of them are suspect and I've had to change the lot.

Which leaves me wondering how many other forgotten sites still carry my electronic footprints, fossilized in password code.

3 comments:

Cold As Heaven said...

I recently downloaded a Kindle reader for my laptop, and found that there are lots of great books (classics) for free download on amazon.com, like Crime and Punishment and Dracula >:)

Cold As Heaven

*The Old Geezer said...

I heard that once our internet footprints are out there, they are there forever. Scary thought! :-(

Helen Ginger said...

I totally hear you on this one! So many passwords to try to remember. I've started to keep track of them.