Another example of why cybersecurity is a matter of trust and behavior, not technology: a USB device that simulates the movement of a mouse.
Some PCs and Web sites will automatically log out users after a period of apparent inactivity, such as a few minutes of no detectable movement of the mouse. The feature prevents a user from absent-mindedly walking away from a computer connected to sensitive information, leaving it wide open for passers-by to read. By automatically logging out an inactive user, the system makes a trust decision for you, particularly that it distrusts youâ€™ll remember to log off.
Insert this USB device into your PC, however, and youâ€™ll override the distrust mechanism, and youâ€™ll take back the decision on whether to trust yourself to secure your PC.
Admittedly, this probably is not an option for federal workers, some of whom must deal with a federal IT shop allegedly filling USB ports with epoxy glue to prevent any USB device.
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