“Security is a UX Problem, Not a Tech Problem” — Amanda McGlothlin [Interview] | Hacker Noon


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1. Which 2020 Noonie have you been nominated for?

2. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I come from a User Experience background and am a co-founder of HQ.

3. Tell us about the things you make / write / manage / build.

I am focused on making security easier – generally through building software products and consulting with our customers. I think the best security is the one that users will actually use.

4. What are you most excited about right now?

Right now, the way most people work has seen a huge shift. We’ve been tracking the “work from home” trend for a long time, and it is interesting to help companies and builders use this moment to change how they think about collaboration and security.

5. What are you worried about right now?

I see a big divide in the global conversation between “us” and “them”. By focusing on this, we are missing a huge opportunity to advance equality in society. Change comes from individuals, and so I want more people to have access to the tools they change the world as they see fit.

6. What’s the most useful advice you’ve ever given somebody?

I am not sure I can answer that one, will have to ask those somebodys

7. How has the pandemic changed your life and/or career?

The pandemic has been a great reminder that things can change very quickly, and the more flexible you can be, the less painful it is. Keep planning, but don’t be afraid to shift with reality. It’s also a great reminder to take care of yourself and loved ones.

8. If we gave you $10 million to invest in one thing right now, where would you put it?

Ah, that would make our roadmap go so quickly!

9 . What’s an opinion you have that most people don’t agree with?

Security is a UX problem, not a technology problem.

10. Which apps can’t you live without?

  • Joplin (note taking)
    • Element (was previously called Riot, a comms tool)

    11. What are you currently learning?

    How consumer privacy laws are affecting security and privacy best practices, best practices for privacy-first apps, devops (running and managing a web server), working on a CSS framework, sustainable farming and building practices, yeast! (sourdough, kombucha)

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