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RSA Europe: Would you give your password away for a bar of chocolate?

Another week, another conference, this week we are over in London's docklands at the RSA Conference Europe. The show is a really big deal in the US, and the organisers are trying to increase its visibility over here.

Another week, another conference, this week we are over in London's docklands at the RSA Conference Europe. The show is a really big deal in the US, and the organisers are trying to increase its visibility over here.

The US show attracts keynotes from Bill Gates and other industry execs and while the UK show doesn't have keynotes of that calibre – they are coming close. Security guru Bruce Schneier has just been on stage and barracking the conservative UK audience for not asking enough questions. However a few nuggets did emerge including the factoid that apparently seven out of ten people would give away their password for a bar of chocolate! I've been thinking about that and yeah – why not – get a free Yorkie and then just change your password straight away – why not. Or just give a false password – they won't know until they try and do something with it and if they do well – they aren't going to tell you are they. The concept of free chocolate weighs heavy on my mind.

The three day show also includes a keynote from Frank Abagnale – he of Catch Me If You Can fame on Wednesday – which should be entertaining – apparently the man who made his name as a fraudster in the sixties, has had a very successful career as a security and anti-fraud expert – guess it takes one to catch one.