*“Just login to our system.” A very common demand these days. You can’t get a mortgage or buy a toy or receive medical care without creating an account and logging in. It sounds reasonable, but is it?
Entering your life’s data into any system is risky, as we are repeatedly reminded by the steady stream of news reports about hackings that assurances about the safety and security of your data are mere rhetoric, no matter the company or organization. Demanding that you to login to a system assumes that you are willing to take a huge leap of faith, and trust that:
- the system is well-built and supported,
- the people administering the system are highly skilled, and that
- state-of-the-art security measures (ineffective as they may be) are in place and the people administering them are highly skilled.
This is like asking you to jump off a cliff based on a stranger’s assurances that “it’ll be OK”.