Security vs. Usability Bob Plankers October 27, 2009 System Administration It’s always a trade-off. Anybody who says otherwise is selling you something or clueless. Also see: scissors. (compliments to my friend Steve Tanner for whipping up a slider in Visual Studio 2008) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Comments on this entry are closed. Matt Link October 29, 2009, 6:25 AM Maybe I’m clueless, because I’m not convinced. Was switching to ssh from telnet really a usability compromise? At any rate, I’m not sure there’s a straight inverse relationship as the slider suggests. IMHO, you can gain a lot in security without necessarily losing a lot in usability. Bob Plankers Link October 29, 2009, 10:58 AM Matt, you’re likely not clueless, but the way I see it telnet comes with most desktop OSes. SSH does not. Which is changing, of course, with Mac OS and more Linux used as desktops, but you’ve likely needed an add-on SSH client for years prior. That’s the usability trade-off. And, you’re right, there’s not a linear relationship between the two.