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Does your company include security back-doors in its software?   [Edit]

Survey period: 1 Aug 2005 to 7 Aug 2005

In light of the recent WGA "by-pass switch" slip-up by Microsoft, does your company include security overrides (by-pass) in its software? (suggested by Doug Troy)

OptionVotes% 
Yes and everyone that works here knows about them.394.73
Yes, but only the IT dept. knows what they are (we hope)364.36
Yes, but only a select few know about them.10612.85
No (unless you count the one I put in)15318.55
No. We don't want the headaches49159.52



 
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Anna-Jayne Metcalfe1-Aug-05 5:10
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Vikram A Punathambekar1-Aug-05 17:17
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Anna-Jayne Metcalfe3-Aug-05 4:10
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peterchen4-Aug-05 4:40
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Anna-Jayne Metcalfe4-Aug-05 8:30
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Almighty Bob1-Aug-05 16:50
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Mike Dimmick3-Aug-05 0:54
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Fred Kreppert3-Aug-05 8:19
MemberFred Kreppert3-Aug-05 8:19 
I voted that option because I am the only employee. All of my pc software uses hardware keys, and there are no back doors at all. The only back door I have anywhere is on my website entry system. I have an overriding password that will log me in as anyone, but I must still use their username. That password does not allow me to do anything in the credit card area however and that requires a secured connection with separate requirements. All log-ins and attempts are recorded, so I can tell if anyone uses the override password. That password is hard coded on the server and no password ever leaves the server logic to be viewed on a client computer. If someone should figure out the password (which in 4 years no one has even tried), I can easily change it and no real harm is actually done anyway. No personal information is available with that password since all of that type of information is only recorded in the credit card area, which itself is new within the last 2 months. It simply provides me a way of using the website for tech support issues without having to use everyone's password. Nearly all the information entered in the non-secured area becomes available to all others using the site within a few weeks as well, so this password really would only give them that information a little sooner than they should have it.

That is why I chose that option, and I am the only one who knows about the password, other than all of you now. Oh well, you are not likely to be using the site, so it really doesn't matter.

Fred

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Troberg4-Aug-05 21:39
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Kacee Giger5-Aug-05 5:08
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Jeff J7-Aug-05 12:13
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