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20 April, 2004

Psst... want some chocolate?

From the BBC:

More than 70% of people would reveal their computer password in exchange for a bar of chocolate, a survey has found.

It also showed that 34% of respondents volunteered their password when asked without even needing to be bribed.

A second survey found that 79% of people unwittingly gave away information that could be used to steal their identity when questioned.

Why bother with firewalls, anti-virus software, encryption, etc. when users make a nonsense of it all?

I sometimes wonder whether there's an over-reliance on the array of cutting-edge protection on PCs and servers, and people feel the software will pick up the pieces whatever happens.  I'm beginning to question whether that's overly charitable, and suspect that people simply don't think computer security even matters.

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