Leaving your Quicken data file open when not in active use?

From a hacker perspective (not a snoopy grandchild), how risky is it, if at all, to leave your Quicken data file open when it’s not actively being used, like when you must take an unexpected 20-30 minute phone call or step away for lunch, or to answer the call of nature? Is there some sort of a common rule of thumb to apply here?

The last thing I want is to create an inviting atmosphere for a hacker. On the other hand am I being unnecessarily conservative or paranoid?
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  • smayer97
    smayer97 SuperUser, Mac Beta, Canada Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
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    IMO that's completely paranoid... the risk is no worse than having any other product like a browser, email program, even office applications, etc.

    There is no interaction between Quicken and the internet except when some action is activated, otherwise it is "dormant" like any other application that is not intentionally keeping an open internet connection.

    If your computer is compromised, then everything on your computer is at risk. Nothing unique to Quicken.
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  • smayer97
    smayer97 SuperUser, Mac Beta, Canada Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
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    IMO that's completely paranoid... the risk is no worse than having any other product like a browser, email program, even office applications, etc.

    There is no interaction between Quicken and the internet except when some action is activated, otherwise it is "dormant" like any other application that is not intentionally keeping an open internet connection.

    If your computer is compromised, then everything on your computer is at risk. Nothing unique to Quicken.
    Have Questions? Help Guide for Quicken for Mac
    FAQs: Quicken Mac Quicken Windows Quicken Mobile

    Add your VOTE to Quicken for Mac Product Ideas

    Object to Quicken's business model, using up 25% of your screen? Add your vote here:
    Quicken should eliminate the LARGE Ad space when a subscription expires

    (Canadian user since '92, STILL using QM2007)
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