Perfect Computer Security Is a Myth. But It’s Still Important


Maybe you’ve heard it before: “Security is a myth.” It’s become a common refrain after a never-ending string of high-profile security breaches. If Fortune 500 companies with million dollar security budgets can’t lock things down, how can you?

And there’s truth to this: perfect security is a myth. No matter what you do, no matter how careful you are, you will never be 100 percent safe from hackers, malware, and cybercrime. That’s the reality we all live in, and it’s important to keep this in mind, if only so that we can all feel more sympathy for victims.

But remember: perfect is the enemy of good. Perfect security is a myth, but that doesn’t mean resolving to lock down your tech is pointless. You’ll never be completely safe, but that’s no reason to stop caring about security all together.

Locking Your Front Door Is Pointless

The lock on your front door is useless. A decent locksmith can get in easily, with a pick or with a drill. If that doesn’t work, someone could just throw a cinderblock through your window. If a burglar wants to get into your house, they will.

Is that depressing? Yes. Does it mean you shouldn’t bother to lock your door? Absolutely not.

Locking your door won’t stop everyone from getting into your house, but it does make it just a little harder to get in. This keeps teenagers out if nothing else, and means that professionals need to deal with your door while neighbors are potentially watching. Locking your door doesn’t totally prevent theft, but that doesn’t mean it does nothing.

Cyber security is the same way. Using the same password for every site…

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