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With users like this, who needs to phish?

By deepsand ·
Many Would Trade Password For A Grande Mocha

By , InternetWeek
May 6, 2005 (12:39 PM)
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What'll it take to get you to give up your password?
Apparently nothing more than a latte by the results of a marketing stunt run in San Francisco Thursday. In a very unscientific poll, two-thirds of the 272 people approached by VeriSign willingly gave up an electronic password for a $3 Starbucks coupon.

Among the easy marks, 79 percent admitted that they use the same password to access more than one application or Web site, a common practice that means the loss of one password increases the risk of damage or identity theft.

The down-and-dirty survey also confirmed what anyone who works in an office already knows: Some people are more worried about forgetting their password than it being stolen, and scribble it on Post-Its stuck to their monitor

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by Murr In reply to With users like this, who ...

we are fighting a loosing battle....

maybe I should switch sides ;-)

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That was my first thought as well.

by deepsand In reply to sigh

Just make sure to first move to a country with no extradition treaty with the rest of the world.

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Well maybe my users are a bit more security conscious

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to With users like this, who ...

They write down their passwords on one of those sticky bits of paper and hide them under their keyboards.

Not on the bottom of the Keyboard but on the desk below the keyboard so they only have to move the keyboard slightly to get their passwords. :)

Col ]:)

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That's so as to reduce the risk of ...

by deepsand In reply to Well maybe my users are a ...

repetitive stress injuries.

Ergonomics is much more chic than is security.

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That's a good idea

by stress junkie In reply to Well maybe my users are a ...

All of the bad guys look for the password on the bottom of the keyboard or right on the monitor. If the password is stuck to the desk under the keyboard nobody will find it there. And it's so much more convenient too. Have you tried typing in a password with the keyboard upside down. It's a struggle. I'm going to adopt that 'under the keyboard' technique myself. Thanks for the idea!!! Forget the note paper, though. I'm going to engrave my password into the top of the desk. It'll be good forever since I never change my password anyway.

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Why didn't I think of that?

by AlanGeek In reply to That's a good idea

All these years I've been memorizing my password because I couldn't type with my keyboard upside-down! I could have saved those brain cells for something useful like underwater basket weaving, except that I can't hold my breath long enough...

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You could try

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Why didn't I think of tha ...

SCUBA Diving so you can stay under longer.

Remember in a swimming pool there are no sharks.

Col ]:)

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Quite lucky here

by Black Panther In reply to With users like this, who ...

most of the users forget their password after every weekend after heavy drinking- so we have to reset them once a week! :)

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Well I found forcing the users to use

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Quite lucky here

Biometric scanners works a treat and they don't need to have their passwords stored close to the keyboard.

It doesn't matter how drunk they get even at an office party their finger prints still remain the same and with the keyboards with the scanner built in not much extra desk space is required.

It is a bit more difficult with LT's though and then I have one guy who is a real "Bright Spark" seems to have a lot of static electricity on him so he mucks up both the scanners and LT pointing devices. But that problem isn't confined to just the hardware as I've heard a lot of people complain that they get a jolt from him when they walk into his office and he shakes their hand or touches them some other way.

He's about my only real problem as far as hardware goes as he insists on having a LT to work with, when he's in the office he plugs in an external Keyboard/mouse that has been modified with a earthing plate inserted onto the keyboard so all he does is touch that on a regular basis and problem solved. I just have accepted if the keyboard breaks there will be no warranty on it but they are fairly cheap to replace so I'm not overly concerned. When he's in the field with the LT it's a totally different story as he can not move the pointer around smoothly it just jumps all over the place and since this has happened on 20 different LT's and different makes I'm inclined to believe that it's just him. Of course he has a short attention span just to make matters worse and expects things to work first time every time which makes it kind of hard to help him but somehow I manage.

Col ]:)

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by Black Panther In reply to Well I found forcing the ...

Some of the users work in our "dirty" warehouse where currently you can hardly see the letters on the keyboard as their hands are constantly dirty.

How well does/would the "fingerprint" technology work in this environment???

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