It is common to hear cybersecurity experts blame users when asked to reflect on why the situation is so dire in their field, often describing them as the “weakest link” in the digital ecosystem. Computer scientists and technical support professionals have crafted several sarcastic acronyms for users challenged by the technical complexity of computer systems. Terms such as PEBMAC (problem exists between monitor and chair), 1D-10T error (idiot error), PICNIC (problem in chair, not in computer), IBM error (idiot behind machine error), and other variants convey the disdain that some digital system designers and operators have for the average user.
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