DNA SECURITY

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I'm hesitating due to SECURITY WORRIES .. I PLAN ON KEEPING ENOUGH SEPERATE DNA SAMPLES SAFELY PUT AWAY... STILL NEED ASSISTANCE ASAP TO THIS MATTER PLEASE
I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE HIGHLY CAUTIOUS TO WHOM I SPEAK...
REGARDS AND BLESSINGS LOVE AND LIGHT ONLY
WikiTree profile: AudreyJacqueline Lavoris
in WikiTree Help by AudreyJacqueline Lavoris G2G Crew (890 points)
edited by Lynda Crackett

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Best answer
Hello Audrey, Not sure what you mean about keeping separate samples put away. If you want to have the samples stored for future use then you would need to test with FTDNA. The other companies, such as AncestryDNA and 23andme only run one test from each sample which you take at the time you want to submit the test.

Are you worried about security of testing or about the security of registering your results on Wikitree? If you can explain more about your concerns then we can help you to understand the relevant security aspects to put your mind at rest.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (628k points)
selected by AudreyJacqueline Lavoris
Yes to BOTH of those concerns and worries ...
Thank You for the kind direction on where to begin with DNA ... I have several different types of DNA of my Grandmother Mclaurin..   I am very nervous .. I don't have a support system like I would like to...  What do you suggest about my security with this?
Audrey, Thanks for the best answer star. Which companies did you test your grandmother with?

I have tested several family members and have used AncestryDNA, FTDNA, 23andme and LivingDNA without experiencing any security issues.
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Hello Audrey. When I received my data file from University of Michigan there was no personal identification either within the file or in the file name. They do that for security purposes. I left it as is when I uploaded to Gedmatch. Now, if you'd like, you could use initials, the earliest known ancestors or your own nick name for each, both on the data file you download and as the identifier for the file when you upload to Gedmatch so you can keep multiple files straight. Doing it this way, even if someone hacked in and got the data, there would be no way to know exactly who it was unless you attached it to a person in a tree with their name or the hacker had a live dna sample of that person to test and compare. By using "living" instead of their name in the tree, their privacy is protected.
by Connie Mack G2G6 (7.2k points)
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH

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