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Principle 4: When Left on Their Own, People Tend to Make the Worst Security Decisions

The primary reason identity theft, viruses, worms, and stolen passwords are so common is that people are easily duped into giving up the secrets technologies use to secure systems. Organizers of Infosecurity Europe, Britain’s biggest information technology security exhibition, sent researchers to London’s Waterloo Station to ask commuters to hand over their office computer passwords in exchange for a free pen. Three-quarters of respondents revealed the information immediately, and an additional 15 percent did so after some gentle probing. Study after study like this one shows how little it takes to convince someone to give up their credentials in exchange for trivial or worthless goods.

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