August 16th, 2004


userinfo senji
2004/08/16 16:29:00 - Insecurity Card
I now have a little white piece of proximity magic that will let me into the office in the name of Security. Nice.
Current Mood: [mood icon] skeptical

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userinfo mobbsy
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2004/08/16 08:52:14
Many offices used this sort of thing, we've had "dongles" for as long as I've been here. They're much more useful than physical keys, and allows restricted access to servers (which can be a good thing). Still it hasn't totally stopped people stealing stuff, so the expensive bits are also behind physical locks during the night.

Our Singapore offices have biometrics - a fingerprint scanner for door entry. That's so nifty, evil, but nifty evil.
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userinfo senji
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2004/08/16 09:04:21
on the other paw, I think they're slightly overkill for a single office with 5 staffmembers....
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userinfo teut
2004/08/16 10:27:24
We've got them at work. The only problem is they don't trust our agency staff with the security cards, so they have to hang around the lobby waiting for someone with a card to let them in. Since the turnover of agency staff is quite high, this means that the regular staff are getting quite used to just letting in random people in the lobby.
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userinfo requiem_17_23
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2004/08/17 01:31:53
We have them too. They double as official identity photocards and stuff. Even I rate one, as a temp. Every visitor has one.

(Then again, the lock's magnetic, so you could push it open easily enough).

They work at a slight distance from the reader - so much so that I can hold my rucksack (containing said card) up to the reader and it'll let me in. This is by way of being humourous to the rest of the office.
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userinfo senji
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2004/08/17 01:33:13
Yes, I forsaw this and stuck mine in a side-rucksack-pocket this morning for that purpose :).

Ours are just plain white cards though (with a number hand-written on).

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userinfo tienelle
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2004/08/17 11:26:47
You can push open the doors held closed solely through the power of magnetism? I never really dared try.
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userinfo requiem_17_23
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2004/08/18 05:38:07
One of our managers left his card in the building and got locked out. Pushed the door open and came in.

It's non-trivial, and only possible on stupid systems where it's solely magnetic and not mechanical at all, but it is possible.
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