11 theatrical security measures that don’t make your systems safer

Theater of the absurd

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The term “security theater” was coined to describe the array of security measures at U.S. airports — taking off shoes, patting down children and the elderly — that project an image of toughness without making commercial aviation any safer. But the man who came up with the phrase is famous cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier, and it could just as easily apply to a number of common tech security measures. We talked to an array of tech experts to discover what security technologies are often just for show.

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