Alex Smolen

Goofus and Gallant, Part One


Sep 1, 2007

Remember Goofus and Gallant, the kids in the Highlights magazine, that dentist’s office staple? Goofus always made the mistakes, Gallant was always perfect. Teaching kids right from wrong.

While trying to explain a simple security problem in a web application, I realized a picture book approach might help get the point across.

This diagram demonstrates “right way” and a “wrong way” to identify users in a web application.

Sometimes we get caught up in details - it's nice to turn a thousand words into a picture.