A recent CNet.com article reports that “At its I/O conference, two of Google’s top-level security experts, the director of security for Google Apps, and the head of Chrome security; say the company is intensely focused on the issue, but passwords remain a thorny problem.” The “company”, Google, being intensely focused on security; in my opinion, remains to be seen. However, they stated “Unfortunately the human is often the weakest link in security.”
What a smoke screen! Instead of owning up to royally missing the boat on Google apps for the Android available through Google Play store, they talk about improving user sign-on methods and use of passwords. Don’t take me wrong here; I agree with their statements about sign-on methods and passwords. You all know how I feel about strong passwords. I just think they should spend more time looking in their own house for improvements in security, such as redesigning their software to be more security-conscience in it’s operation. Again, I agree that we users are the weakest link in security when we don’t use accepted security practices. But the owners and developers of the software we use have a responsibility to create it with security at its core.
The possible smoke screen aside; Google seems to be putting more emphasis on security by devoting “much of its time and energy to making Chrome and Google Apps safer”. “Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android, spoke of security as being a “core value” at Google during his keynote presentation” at the conference.
For the sake of the safety of our computer and Internet use, I’m glad that they’re heading in that direction and hope they’re successful; however, time will tell.
Reference: CNet.com article Google security: You (still) are the weakest link
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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