Are you a computer security professional?

You know you're a computer security person when...

You know you're a computer security professional when:

You not only lock your laptop with a physical cable leash, but you change the combination of the lock when it's not in use so that it can't be "compromised".

Although you have no ill intent, you spend no small amount of your downtime in airports thinking of ways to circumvent TSA security -- and you've come up with several can't-miss terrorist ideas that even Jack Bauer couldn't stop.

You lock your screensaver with twice as much insistence when security friends are around than when strangers are, because you're not nearly as worried about a stranger's intentions.

You're immediately discontent with all newly announced security solutions, even before you know anything beyond the name.

Having extra long passwords that you must type over and over again to get correct is not a bother.

You have a database program to store all your passwords, but even it doesn't contain a single, decoded password.

When you read industry-mandated security guidelines, you chuckle at all the newbie mistakes.

You secretly hope you don't miss a big virus outbreak while you are out on vacation.

Any security book you read is covered in pen from the technical corrections you've made.

Your Internet browser home page is a computer security news bundling Web site.

You've so fine-tuned your personal computer's host-based firewall that you are sure it is causing problems with legitimate programs, but you really don't care.

You fantasize about a job where you could bust into the house of unsuspecting malicious hackers and take them away to jail.

You've got a new car with a built-in GPS and computer, but you are constantly worried about how easy it would be to hack.

You suspect that every banner and Flash ad on every Web site is hosting malicious JavaScript.

You loath government interference with the Internet because you know they will only mess it up more and not fix the problem (see CAN-SPAM Act).

When you hear that we've arrested some big spammer, you have the same nonreaction as when you hear we've arrested Al-Qaeda's No. 2 person ... again.

You resist every new application install because of the new attack vector opportunities it will bring.

You know that mobile small-form-factor computers have almost no security.

Your cell phone is password-protected.

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