Article: 5 ways to protect your documents with open source software

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5 ways to protect your documents with open source software

Users have every right to be concerned about the safety and security of their data. When you create data on a computer, it’s reasonable to want exclusive control over it.

There are many ways to protect your documents. At the filesystem level, you can encrypt your hard drive or just a file. A good office suite affords you many more options, though, and I’ve gathered five of the methods I use to secure my documents with open source software.

  • Keeping documents in secure cloud storage services
  • Enabling encryption at rest, in transit, and end-to-end
  • Using digital signatures
  • Watermarking
  • Protecting documents with passwords

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Penguin: Open Source a tool, not a business model?


The benefits of open source and community – the view from the trenches

Open source is not a business model; it’s a tool.

If you are a software company providing a specific set of features, then you don’t want to open source your code, says Sommerseth. But if your company can provide services around what you open source (e.g., integrations, enterprise features) that you can monetize, then an open source approach may work for your company.

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