Brian Kagen pick: “Security jujitsu, or, How to improve your odds despite your users” by Angela Gunn

“A friend and I were talking the other day about how people are by and large not just oblivious to, but downright hostile about, the simplest security practices — in fact, the simpler the request, the greater the level of grumbling. What to do, besides don a bandolier of tasers and a t-shirt that says “GO AHEAD, ASK ME AGAIN WHY YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR PASSWORD THE SAME AS YOUR USERNAME?”

To cheer me up (yes, I have been troubleshooting a family member’s computer; how did you guess?), my friend told me about a corporate-cultural tradition at a firm at which he recently consulted. The rules around that office require that anyone leaving their desk log out of the system. And if they don’t? Their machine is fair game for co-workers, who by tradition go into the culprit’s e-mail and send out a “cc:all” message announcing that they’re going out for tacos, and would anybody else like some?”

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  1. Any habitual behavior contains a formula for attack. But try doing things differently every day. It isn’t easy. Having just moved after being in one place for a couple decades I recognize how habitual trajectories save time and effort. Developing new ones is also a challenge.

    Am told that accompanying O Sensei from Iwama to Tokyo by car was as close as you get to a random walk as O Sensei would continually call for detours to visit different shrines.

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