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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

6th Floor Blog Keeps You Safe

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Keeps You Safe

Does anyone actually feel safer because the police decide to search their bag when they get on the subway?”

It's all about looking like they're trying to make the world safer.”

Public image is everything.”

I don't like having to deal with those searchers. I've never been searched though. You know you can just turn around and walk out of the station?”

Yeah, but I think I'm too lazy to do that. Or I'm in a hurry.”

That's what they're counting on.”

Speaking of security, you'd think you'd remember to lock the apartment when you leave.” Tabitha looks in Scott's direction.

I do! Except that one time when I couldn't find my keys!”

Yeah, but then you didn't make sure the door shut tight!”

I was just going downstairs to check the mail!”

Okay okay! Can it guys! It might be a good idea to have a spare set of keys though.”

Camera's are another thing that give the illusion of safety, but really don't do a damn thing.”

I heard you're pretty much filmed constantly walking around midtown Manhattan.”

It doesn't do a thing to actually prevent crime though.”

I don't think most of midtown Manhattan is a high crime area anyway.”

Unless you count the ridiculous prices on everything!”

Ba-da Boom!” Scott fakes a rimshot for Billy's silly joke.

Probably the best way to be safe is to take care of it yourself.”

Walk softly and carry a big stick?”

It's 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.'”

What is?”

Nevermind. That's not what I meant anyway, I just meant you should pay attention to your surroundings and like..not confront gun toting wackos asking for directions.”

Aww, who doesn't love the gun toting wacko? The Internet is the same way actually. There are all sorts of 'guidelines' for keeping everything secure, but when it comes down to it, they're irrelevant because most people set themselves up to be hacked or have their identify or password stolen.”

Like that youtube video 'The Website is Down' where the guy's password is 'a'?”

Yeah, exactly. Although sometimes you wonder if a password like that is just so simple that no one even tries something that basic.”

It's a good motto: 'Keep It Simple, Stupid'.”

Yes. That's actually a huge programming concept. Working in support just reminds me of all the security leaks. I mean, you have no idea how many people email their passwords all over the place. Or people that just save their passwords, which basically makes them useless, or people that have their passwords on post-its attached to their computer.”

At the place I work now, the door-lock password is just the suite number.”

I'd be willing to be the most common voice mail password is probably either '1111' or '1234'.”

Or the last four digits of the phone number.”

It's probably even scarier that those four numbers are probably also the most common ATM passwords.”

What are you doing Scott?” Sara asks, looking at Scott playing with his phone.

I'm..umm..I'm..changing my voice mail password.” Scott says sheepishly.

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