Flimsy digital ownership

Last Christmas I received a voucher from my employer to watch a film of my choice through the Pathé Thuis, the on-demand service of the major cinema chain. I knew we had the app on our smart tv, but with a Netflix subscription I hadn’t got round to check out a service where you have to pay per view. We still have plenty shelf space of dvd’s we seldom watch. The arthouse offering was not bad at all compared to Netflix, and reasonable at 3 to 4 euros a pop.

Apparently Seinfeld is coming to Netflix, but it won’t stay there indefinitely. Friends will clear the way, as rumour has it.
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Security as an afterthought

I am doing a Coursera course called Usable Security which – as you would expect – is all about improving the security of systems through better usability.

It’s hard to dispel the opinion common among developers that usability and security are somehow inversely proportionate; that rock-solid secure systems are of necessity hard to use, and that improving their usability must degrade their security. Quite the opposite is true in fact. Systems with a large potential for serious damage should be foolproof and that’s where usability comes in. Making them hard to learn only makes them more error-prone. Continue reading “Security as an afterthought”