# Security Ability and Convenience Bear an Uncertainty Relationship

By Debesh Choudhury | TechFuture | 18 Jul 2024

### Are you inclined to have more convenience in securing your online authentic self?

Are you on the verge of killing all passwords, planning to live a password-less life, and thinking you are more secure than before? This argument is in direct contradiction to logic and science. If you try to increase convenience, your ability to have security decreases.

• Convenience and security ability bear an uncertainty relationship.

Thanks to Werner Heisenberg, the great theoretical physicist, for inventing the Uncertainty Principle of quantum physics.

Is the theory of uncertainty valid for discussing security and convenience? It is my humble hypothesis. May you call it Debesh's Hypothesis or anything else, but please don't rubbish it before providing a valid reason.

### Convenience is the weakest link in security.

• Even if you are mad about having convenient security systems, there seems to be no hope of making security convenient.

• If you make your security systems convenient, you will loosen the security threads somewhere.

Convenience is the weakest link in security.

Some of our friends from the security industry may argue with reasons and examples, but there is enough logic to disassociate convenience from security.

### Do convenience and security ability bear an uncertainty relationship?

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Science-based security has much logic.

• A security system can't be simply convenient.

• You must pay some inconvenient effort or price to establish a well-secured system.

I theorize with Heisenberg's beautiful quantum physical principle of uncertainty to apply a science-based logic to relating security ability and convenience.

• I visualize invisible threads of uncertainty between convenience and security.

The Heisenberg principle seems quite handy for testing reasoning about convenience and security.

### The Uncertainty Principle helps relate convenience and security.

• Very precisely, I draw a picture of a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system, each orthogonal axis representing the abstract values of security ability and convenience factors of a particular security system.

• I further draw a suggestive straight-line plot (in blue color).

In reality, the plot should be nonlinear and complex depending on the complexities of the security system and its associated functional parameters.

• It is easy to see any point that the orthogonal coordinate system represents the abstract values of security ability and convenience factor.

As the convenience factor increases, the system's security ability decreases, and vice versa.

### Do you have any other theory that relates to security and convenience factors?

• I have tried to postulate a hypothesis about the uncertainty relationship between any modern security system's security ability and convenience factor.

I understand that scientific reasoning has yet to be proved theoretically.

But we have experience from everyday events relating to security over the Internet.

• I am curious to know your opinion about security and convenience.

I am sure this subject will decide the future of digital identity and online security based on passwords or something else.

I would love to get your views and suggestions.

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Debesh Choudhury

I am a solution architect for Digital Identity, Data Privacy, Password & Cybersecurity, Distributed Ledgers, IoT, a researcher & academician of Electronics, Computer Eng. & IT, an Entrepreneur & Tech Blogger.

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