Irony of not allowing everyone to see all your own content

This story and image on Digg amused me … the New York Times writes an excellent article on the issue of holding more than one, in fact, more than several passwords. But one reader couldn’t read the story without signing in to see it (and so needing a password, doh!) Holding several passwords is of course for most people an impossible task that means you end up with post-it notes stuck all over your desk, or reverting to one password for all your online accounts that require it …. which I guess negates the security of having passwords somewhat! Ironically, I found the article and had no problem accessing it! And here it is http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/10/technology/10digi.html?fta=y

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This is a fine line to tread - security mechanisms needs to be considerate of the capabilities and aptitude of the users as well as enforcing control. Making it easy for users increases the probability of unauthorised penetration. Making it too difficult increases the likelihood of social hacks. Experience counts for everything, which is why the best security professionals get paid stacks!
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