We have 100 employees… and what’s wrong with us all using the guest Admin WiFi Password?

We have 100 employees… and what’s wrong with us all using the guest Admin WiFi Password?

See, you keep asking me about Wi-Fi thoughtlessness (aka, stupid Wi-Fi use). I’ll answer your question with a story. In 2015, four young men friends from Stanford did a start-up. When their startup hit 30 employees, VC came along and gave them $12m, paying the CFO to leave for $1.2m. That’s normal, VC’s often have their own CFO structures. But $1.2m is not bad for a 25-year-old fella. Within 2 years, the firm was worth $140 million, and the now ex-CFO 25-year-old fella was MAD, because if he waited 1 year, his ownership would have been worth $12m, and if he kept on waiting…more and more. So, in the middle of the night, maybe a few times, that ex-CFO parked in his ex-startups parking lot, logged into the Wi-Fi using the guest-admin password on one of the airport extremes, connected to QuickBooks, deleted all data prior to his departure, deleted all files that he had signed or created, deleted all backups relating to finance, and deleted all models related to the startup. When the VC appointed CFO started to notice missing data, it was too late, and backups had all been deleted. So, does that answer your question about thoughtlessness around everyone using 1 Wi-Fi password, like, for 3 years….?

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Steve Boullianne, High school drop-out. College drop-out. A go-go dancer in Amsterdam. LOVED computers, programmed satellites for AT&T. Founded IPSOFACTO in 1996, Y2K boom, Dot-Com boom, 2.0 boom. Likes his smallish company and human relationships; not into big anonymous IT. Loves to tell jokes. Loves and Hates technology; pick up the phone, ok? Thinks on line hook up sites have saved the world from AIDS and DateRape. Thinks his kids are better collaborators and world leaders thanks to video games. Is still a hip-hop dancer; is NOT a Brony. Loves San Francisco; Hates the homeless crisis. Tells young people to buy real estate, as soon as possible. Don’t rent. Hopes his final years are spent handing out blankets, food, clothes, and medical supplies.