Summary of “No One Can Hack My Mind”

Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices

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“No One Can Hack My Mind” summary
How expert and nonexpert tech users differ in their approaches to staying safe online.


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Much of the advice people receive on how to stay safe online is cumbersome to follow. How then can people protect themselves from cybercrimes? Google employees Iulia Ion, Rob Reeder and Sunny Consolvo compare the online security practices of nonexperts with those of security experts. They identify issues users face in applying the security measures popular among experts and make suggestions for how to overcome these limitations. getAbstract recommends the authors’ findings to browser developers, software developers and users of technology in general.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the online security practices and attitudes of tech-savvy experts differ from those of non-tech-savvy users,
  • What measures would help nonexpert users be safe online and
  • Which areas of security advice need improvement.


In response to cybercrimes like stealing credit-card data and leaking nude celebrity pictures, many articles and blogs have published recommendations on how to stay safe online. Advice includes selecting strong passwords, choosing solid security questions and not using cloud backup services for photos...
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About the Authors

Iulia Ion, Rob Reeder and Sunny Consolva work at Google.

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