I have an increasing concern that meeting in public places is leading to carelessness when it comes to confidential information. At this moment, I’m sitting in a restaurant waiting for a meeting. In the past five minutes the conversation in the next booth has become impossible to ignore. They just mentioned a company that I do business with (they are the IT provider for that company). In 10 minutes, sitting 10 feet away, I know how to log into the company’s server, the ID and password — every character and number, what’s in caps, what’s lowercase. Not only have I learned the password, but I know it’s the same password they typically use for clients too. Wow!

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