Lax approach to mobile security

Street-wise? When you're out in public places, there are certain things to do for reasons of personal safety and security, especially in unfamiliar locations. Look before crossing the road. Keep your money and credit cards hidden from view. Destroy credit card chits with copies of signatures to keep them out of the wrong hands. Avoid the large gang of drunken tearaways at midnight, and so on.

But technology does strange things to people's view of security, and expectations alter dramatically. Take PIN numbers on credit and debit cards for instance. Keying in a secret 4 digit code is not automatically more secure than openly writing a complex but only vaguely repeatable line of scrawl (did anyone ever really check them anyway?), and certainly not very secure when the secret code is shared. The technology does not make things more secure, but the process, and the way the PIN is kept closed and private, can. Lax approach to mobile security | Channel Register

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 21st April 2006 12:45AM