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16 ways in which software users are and are not like kittens
How software users are like kittens
I’m going to exploit you all with an article about kittens and security.
It's summer,1 it's hot, nobody wants to work. What we all want to do is look at pictures of cute kittens and go "ahhh." So I'm going to exploit you all with an article about kittens and (vaguely about) security. It's light-hearted, it's fluffy, and it has a picture of two of our cats at the top of it. What's not to like?
Now, don't get me wrong: I
like users realise the importance of users, really I do. They are the reason we have jobs. Unluckily, they're often the reason we wish we didn't have the jobs we do. I'm surprised that nobody has previously bothered to compile a list comparing them with kittens, so I've done it for you. For ease of reading, I've grouped ways in which users are like kittens towards the top of the table and ways in which they're unlike kittens towards the bottom (though I think we can all think of exceptions to almost all of the dissimilarities if we try hard enough).
Please enjoy this post, share it inappropriately on social media, and feel free to suggest other ways in which kittens and users are similar or dissimilar.
Research findings Hastily compiled table
|Capable of circumventing elaborate security measures||Yes||Yes|
|Take up all of your time||Yes||Yes|
|Do things they're not supposed to||Yes||Yes|
|Forget all training instantly||Yes||Yes|
|Damage sensitive equipment||Yes||Yes|
|Can often be found on Facebook||Yes||Yes|
|Need cleaning up after||Yes||Yes|
|Can appear to be clueless, but are capable of extreme cunning at inopportune moments||Yes||Yes|
|Can turn savage for no obvious reason||Yes||Yes|
|Can be difficult to tell apart||Yes||Yes|
|Fall asleep a lot||No||Yes|
|Wake you up at night||No||Yes|
|Like to have their tummy tickled||No||Yes|
|Generally fun to be around||No||Yes|
This article originally appeared on Alice, Eve, and Bob – a security blog with a lot more footnotes and is republished with permission.