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If your garage project has a chance of hitting shelves, you’ll want to keep your users safe from the start.

You are a tinkerer. You want to build things, which you do at home in your garage. You dream of your device, the little BLE-enabled-chip-that-could, becoming a wild success on Kickstarter — plastered all over TechCrunch and on The Verge. All is well — until your customers flock to social media en masse with that dreaded phrase on their fingertips: “I got hacked.”

As of right now, there is no such thing as being unhackable. Security is a best effort attempt at getting an attacker to sit back and say, “This is too hard. I’m going to give up.”


On the narrow definition of engineering perpetuated by boot camps and other coding initiatives

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A friend of mine recently recounted an interaction with one of her co-workers. Described as a generally nice guy, he had attempted to convince her that code camps were “basically the new engineering degree.” He had gone to one himself, and, in the end, the two of them had ended up in the same place. This, understandably, gave her pause; after all, she had attended the University of Waterloo’s computer engineering program, and then the University of Toronto for her master’s in engineering.

After some thought, she asked whether the particular code camp he had attended had touched on security…

Bhavya Kashyap

Builder of things @ Cocoon. Alum of Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Blackberry. Canadian. Opinions are my own, often flawed.

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