The stories one runs into on the internet… Apparently, there are instances where password-protection is good enough for security (as opposed to “real” data security like full disk encryption from AlertBoot): when your laptops are stolen by drunk people.
Tourist Wanted to Check Email
The National (thenational.ae) has a story about an inebriated visitor to Dubai that was jailed for being drunk off his bollocks and stealing a laptop. The French tourist downed seven brewskies and untold amounts of vodka shots (really? A French guy? I’ve been brainwashed by Hollywood into thinking all they drink is red wine) before stumbling into a Sheraton Hotel where twenty laptops were laid out in one of the hotel’s conference rooms
The French national filched one of them and tried to use it while sitting on a bench. He claims he was trying to check his email. His on-line adventure, however, was cut short by the presence of password-protection. Without the correct credentials, he was unable to log in, and promptly fell asleep on the bench.
Password-Protection: If You Can Guarantee that Only Drunks Will Steal It
OK, so it appears that password-protection sometimes works, despite my insistence that password-protection is not security. However, there is a caveat: it works with drunk people, when they’re drunk.
Seeing how we cannot guarantee that all of our laptops will be stolen by drunk tourists, I think it’s safe to say that most organizations ought to put considerable efforts into securing their laptops with encryption software, and not password-protection. An added bonus? The former will protect data against drunks and non-drunks alike.
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