In light of the recent, rather public, computer security failure, I stared at the error message before me. The Ultraviolet people had announced that they are finally ready to let people register their DVD’s from home, using one of their partners’ programs. Sounds like awesomsauce; I’d get to put all the DVD’s into less accessible storage, but still have easy, legit, access to the content on the go. One of the three partners is a Best Buy project, CinemaNow, and I know they need all the help they can get, so I figure I’ll give it a shot. Which is how we got to here. Seems they couldn’t be bothered to sign their code, and the latest OSX update flat out refuses to let you run unsigned code, without mucking about in preferences.
I could make the change, easily enough, but it doesn’t seem like I should have to. Best Buy should be fully capable of hiring developers capable of the minimal effort of registering with Apple. That they are unwilling, or unable, to accomplish this underlines the woeful state of computer security as a proactive way of working. The developers at Best Buy are willing to put the end user at risk, even though they should be well aware of how easy it is to trick people into downloading from the wrong place, and just how potentially devastating the results can be. If there is justice in the universe, someone will install CinemaNow on a computer inside their firewall, and then accidentally install some malware that would have been prevented, if they hadn’t turned off the safety features of the OS, and it costs them twice as much as Target’s losses end up being.