Do not keep private data on your research computer:

  • The research computer is MIT property and can be audited by MIT or the funding agency with little or no warning
  • The computer's hard drive (HD) is archived at project completion, potentially capturing your private data
  • Computers are often handed down to other students with no/little guarantee that the HD is first wiped
  • cron have management tools which allow for the remote observation/control of research computers. Though we would never do so without user consent, we do have that capability

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