Why is it not Google’s fault?

After last week’s post about the stolen Google and Gmail passwords, one of our valued subscribers wrote back asking why it isn’t Google’s fault that the passwords were stolen.

I know – it would be so easy to blame Google. Those passwords were gathered from other “stolen password repositories” posted on the dark-web. They were originally acquired through key-loggers, social engineering, brute-force attacks, and a myriad of other ways. None of them, so far as anyone can tell, were stolen by bypassing any security on Google’s systems.

Once upon a time, imagine a situation where a company called Eulcon Inc. buys a lock from a company named Good-Lock. If an employee at Eulcon Inc. loses the key, and an attacker finds the key, and the attacker breaks into Eulcon, should they blame Good-Lock for the intrusion?

Here is what would be much more secure. What if, every time someone turned the key in the lock at Eulcon, the lock wouldn’t open yet. First, someone at Good-Lock would phone the person at Eulcon to whom the key is registered, in order to verify that they are the person who turned the key. The lock would only open for an authorized person. Potential intruders stay locked out.

This is why it is so important that all organizations set up two step login everywhere possible. Two factor auth dot org provides a list of services that support two step login. Additionally, VPNs, Windows, and other services support two step login. Configure two step login, or pay the consequences. And don’t blame Good-Lock. And don’t be like Eulcon spelled backwards.

Please forward this cyber-security info to everyone you care about.


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