I know security is not that high on the list of responsibility for designers, but let's all try to keep Jessica in mind while we design.
I strongly suggest watching Mike Monteiro's talk, How Designers Destroyed the World. He talks about this very thing, but does so with a real world example and, because he's Mike Monteiro, is much more compelling.
Awesome, didn't see this one before. Thanks for the suggestion!
...can anyone explain the taylor swift joke?
It's a thing that's been going on for a while now... Taylor Swift, other than international pop star, is actually a top security analyst that tweets on @SwiftOnSecurity. That or someone has a weird sense of humor.
Great tweets though, s/he's badass.
Does anyone know any websites that explain the internet's "best practices" regarding security that everyone should follow? There should be one written in very plain english, maybe we can get rid of unnecessary toolbars.
The thing is, it's hard to make people care on a really basic level when their understanding of the internet caps on "it's working when the black box is blinking".
The problem is not that users don't understand it well enough, it's that they never will, because by definition it will always be too complex for most of them.
I do agree that a "Security for Dummies" would go a long way, but what is mostly needed, in my understanding, is for us to acknowledge this gap and design accordingly — knowing that it will never be fully closed.
I agree with your second point about it's essentially our job to design accordingly with this type of audience in mind.
To your first point, though, I think people are becoming more aware of what the internet is, how it's used, and what the dangers are of using it improperly. At least that's what I'm seeing in my group of friends (some who are not technologically-inclined). With all these reports coming out of companies getting hacked and such, it's becoming much more mainstream.
Yes, agree with your point as well — the concern with internet security is bigger than ever, and that's probably a good thing.
But for anyone other than a InfoSec analyst, it's probably impossible to follow most of the procedures to be really safe — I mean, who has a strong password for Designer News anyway? haha