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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Please Enter Your Password

Life in a small town in the 1950's or 1960's in Northern Wisconsin was like Sheriff Andy Taylor's Town of Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show for me growing up. I thought the entire United States was black and white and just like us. All those shows; The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and so on were reassuring because we seemed to have so much in common. Later, Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone reflected the same mentality. We were people that had lost the key to our front door a long time ago, left our cars unlocked and generally felt secure about people being basically decent and principled. Those that weren't eventually were corrected or dealt with somehow.

We didn't run around with wads of keys on our belts unless we had an important job. The only Passwords were used by "secret societies" like the Odd Fellows or something, and even then knowing someone personally tended to trump Passwords in a pinch. Security came from being in a small town.

Virtually every function of a computer has its own Username and Password at minimum. And the only reason why computers remember EVERYTHING is because they can. It makes for a tedious technocracy where humans service technology rather than technology serving humans. Think of how many jobs are either created or replaced by computers. It makes for an incredibly insecure world. Of course, there are a lot of people directly affected by this technocracy that don't mind because they personally benefit from this. Still, there are at least an equal number that would argue against it all because it did not benefit them personally or harmed them directly. Now, even if someone is known by us personally and we have a job requiring some level of security we cannot simply let them in. And the worst part is we already have a generation raised in this insecure technocracy not knowing any other way. When you are young you can remember Passwords better. Wait until they get much older. Of course, I can't wait that long because I will be dead. I just know it gets worse as you age.

More advanced systems have the ability to read fingerprints, retina scans, and embedded chips under the skin. It makes more sense unless someone who wants access bad enough kills you, or not, and cuts off your finger, arm, or eye to use to get access. (I watch too many movies).

The point is security has a natural limit. Sooner or later the system Resets itself by being disabled or destroyed eventually and that is what's happening to this world. Cyber attacks will only increase and overwhelm the system. For every lock there is at least one locksmith willing to open it.