security by obscurity


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security by obscurity

An attempt to increase security by keeping elements of a security strategy secret; for example, concealing the specific algorithm implemented in a cryptographic system or keeping a password secret. Quite often, security by obscurity efforts can be easily defeated and may provide a misleading sense of security. Contrast with Kerckhoffs' law. See OPSEC.
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Up until now you had security by obscurity - now at Facebook's whim rather than yours, stuff will come back bubbling up from your past," Vaile said.
Apple has done a great job of security by obscurity," James said.
Security by obscurity is like having a button that simply needs to be pressed to open a safe, but it is in an odd place that no one would suspect.

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