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Six Security Sins to Avoid: The IT Darwin Awards

Feb 03, 2011, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])

"You've heard of the Darwin Awards, which are given out for the rather grim achievement of doing something particularly dumb and usually fatal. We've heard of a few security mishaps that may have been career suicide, but thankfully none that have actually proven fatal. Still, we don't advocate security Seppuku either. Here's some should-be-obvious mistakes to avoid.

"The Written Password

"Walk through any decent-sized company and look around a bit. Odds are, you'll find at least a few sticky notes with username and password combos written down in plain view or tucked neatly under the keyboard.

"We're sure we don't have to tell you not to do this. We hope. But if you're part of the security or IT staff in your organization, make a point of patrolling the premises and peeking at Post-Its for passwords. You'll be shocked, and alarmed, at what you find."

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