We’re under constant threat
Not a day goes by when our technology isn’t somehow being bombarded by threats of compromise of some sort.
and probably more we don’t even realize.
As a result, we take steps. We use an assortment of tools and techniques to protect ourselves.
- Ad blockers
- anti-spyware tools
- anti-virus tools
- security suites
- password managers
- two-factor authentication
- DNS filters
and probably a host of other special-purpose tools I can’t even think of right now.
The goal, of course, is to be safe.
But can we “be” safe? Can we “be” secure?
Unfortunately, that’s the wrong question to ask.
There’s no such thing as “safe” or “secure”
You can’t be perfectly safe, or perfectly secure.
That’s true in life, and that’s especially true when it comes to technology.
The best we can hope for is safe or secure “enough”.
Security is a spectrum
It’s a spectrum where we make trade-off’s all the time, choosing between security and convenience.
A short easy to remember password? Convenient, but not very secure.
A long complicated one? More secure, but also difficult to manage.
You could write it down, that’s more convenient, but not as secure as, perhaps, using a password manager to track it for you.
Yet even there, a password manager is, itself, a tradeoff – it’s convenient, but you’re trusting the password manager to do things correctly, and not be compromised itself.
Security – all security – involves tradeoffs. Be it the passwords you choose, the security software you run, the websites you choose to visit … even the networks you choose to connect to when traveling.
Everything involves risk.
Managing that risk means we’re making tradeoffs on the security and safety spectrum.
What can we do
I don’t mean for this to scare you. The single most important thing you can do is very simple: be aware.
Just know that there’s no such thing as perfect security.
Never assume that because you’ve done “X” or installed “Y” that you’re now “safe”.
It just doesn’t work that way. You may be safer, but never perfectly safe.
All you need to is remember the spectrum of security, remember the trade-offs, and make informed decisions that balance convenience and security.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear what you think. If you’re watching this anywhere but on askleo.com come visit askleo.com/21748 for the full transcript, and moderated comments.
How do you balance convenience & security?
’till next time, I’m Leo Notenboom.
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