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By: Tom Riddle
Innovation doesn’t come easy, and when you do finally mange to invent something with ground-breaking potential – everyone wants in on the action – they want to get their hands on your invention. Out of all the inventions, the internet, the computer and the smart phone has had the greatest impact on our economies, personal lives, and overall quality of life – both in a positive and negative light.
It seems, blue prints for virtually any innovative idea is drawn out on computers since the past decade or so, for example, schematics for a new aircraft design; a blue print for new long lasting battery for electrical cars, or even a secret recipe for a food dish. Consequently, these ideas – if put into practical means – can make the inventor rich – and perhaps even land him or her into the record books. Therefore, it is easy to see why new inventions are so highly sought after by competitors and criminals alike. Time and time again, there are countless stories of new, ground breaking innovation ideas stolen from their inventors. For example, you probably know that Galileo Galilee was the inventor of the telescope – much to your shock – he actually stole the idea from Dutchman Hans Lippershey. Next, you probably heard of Alexander Fleming – the “so called” inventor of penicillin – he too stole the formula for penicillin from Ernest Duchesne. Finally, guess who invented the telephone? If you said Alexander Graham Bell – you my friend – are ringing the wrong bell! Bell stole the idea for the telephone from Antonio Meucci who first demonstrated the idea of a working telephone in Italy. So, there you have it. These are just a few examples of the stolen ideas and how we associate the modern invention – whether you like it or not, the credit for these inventions will always lie with those who stole them – there is nothing much you can do about it.
Now, imagine if someone steals your idea? Although, contemplating such an event could be hard to swallow – incidents of intellectual property theft happen every day. Whether it’s a source code for new software you are working on, or your college thesis, it is likely that it is stored on your computer somewhere in an unprotected state right now. Now imagine if someone – take for example your room mate – steals your nearly complete college thesis and submits it before you do. Later, you get academically suspended for submitting a duplicate thesis. What can you do to prove your innocence? There’s not much you can do. So, the question arises, how can you protect yourself from such incidents? Well, for once you can password protect your confidential files with data security software, and in case you need to share – yet prevent copying of your creative works – you use Copy Protection software which prevents others from copying your work.
Data – especially if it is the most important type – should be safeguarded with utmost vigilance. As technology progresses, data is knowledge, and when you have true knowledge, it becomes easy convert it into cash.
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