On the other hand, most of the locks are quite wimpy anyhow, as is how they are used (e.g. on zippers) so it's not like it makes much difference to someone that's trying to break into your luggage. Maybe the big deal is that with the keys they can get into your luggage undetected. Time to use those services that plastic wrap your luggage at the airport? Of course they also regularly seem to get the "TSA was here" notes in their bags so maybe that's not a good idea either.
In any case, I do like the metaphor as an explanation of why master keys are a bad idea in both the digital and physical world.
Yesterday I had an issue logging into a particular university press website. I emailed them for support and they kindly send me my login and password over email. In plain text.
When I pointed out that this was bad form, they assured me my password isn't stored in plain text. It is securely encrypted, and they just use a SQL query to decrypt passwords to email to folks who might forget their password.
If I want to change my password, I can always request a new account, since they don't have a mechanism for users to change their password.
Good to know my financial information is under their watchful eye...
I think this thing will probably be a bit heavier, but it will perform even better due to the super low CG and instant torque and AWD.
- Simon Fraser UniversityComputing Science, 1993 - 1998
- Simon Fraser UniversityProfessional Development Program, 1999 - 2000
- Burnaby Central Secondary School1988 - 1993
- Surrey School DistrictTeacher, 2000 - presentI currently teach ICT and programming at Frank Hurt Secondary School.
- Simon Fraser UniversityITDA Mentor, 2011 - 2013I mentored in-service teachers who were in the ITDA (Integrating Technology for the Digital Age) Field Program.
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