Ever cringe when you’re asked to enter your email address and password to a third party service? Even worse when we build systems which collect people’s credentials. It’s the password anti-pattern.
Privacy and security are important, but when it comes to real running apps, it works wins over it’s secure.
This has two main themes.
There is no totally secure or private system out there, especially when we build social web applications. But there are many things which can be done to improve privacy. For each application you have to look at what the threat model is for leaking personal information. Everything from how your user passwords are stored to what happens if a hacker gets a full dump of your database.
This talk is based on experience designing and architecting Yahoo! Fire Eagle, a location sharing service which was the first implementation of both OAuth and Ruby on Rails at yahoo.
Rabble is an independent hacker. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He was the architect for Odeo.com and Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform. He’s currently causing trouble with the entp.com kids.
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