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I agree with GP. Security is always a concern. I too used to think as long as it's behind the firewall, or a local only exploit, it doesn't matter. But it always matters. Small apps become big apps. Small user bases large ones. Someone gets onto your internal network and then your small userbase app for trusted employees becomes a jumping off point, etc.

Your sort of thinking is how you end up with Yahoo levels of account leaks.

Security always matters.




I think your comment about scalability is accurate. Small apps become big apps, and small user bases get bigger. I’ve seen it happen — but I’m not going to think about scaling to thousands of users when I just need a small application to share with my team. If I spent five days building it to the utmost standards, instead of spending one day on something that solves a problem immediately, I’d be laughed at. It is the same with security.

> Your sort of thinking is how you end up with Yahoo levels of account leaks.

I wouldn’t store any of my customers’ data on an insecure internal service! I know that’s mad!

> Security always matters.

The first part of securing a system is to come up with your threat model, isn’t it?


> I wouldn’t store any of my customers’ data on an insecure internal service! I know that’s mad!

I'm completely sure that you're right. You know that would be irresponsible and reckless with lots of very sensitive data.

With that said, how sure can you be of every other person writing a simple, small, business app for just a handful of their coworkers? I've encountered some people doing exactly what you've described without the same level of cool-headed risk-weighing as you.


At some point you will be outcompeted by businesses where they don't sweat stuff like this.


One of the key functions of GDPR and CCPA and PIPEDA is to make many businesses consider what kind of liability might be attached to things they might otherwise opt to not sweat.


None of those apply to internal software that isn't used to store customer data.




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