I worked in a heavily regulated industry and a company that is resistant to change. We recently just got Slack and everyone on our engineering team was getting used to it.
A few jokes were made with the emoticons and one thing led to another and someone ended up saying something that Slack is secure enough to encrypt credentials by default. Several others appeared to be typing in their passwords and it was censoring it.
So for some strange reason, I decided to type my password in the chat to see if it actually was true.
I know it was stupid, but I apologize and was really curious. Nothing came out of it for the next few hours, but suddenly I get a call from the IT security team frantically mumbling something but I was able to calm him down and I sorta threw my team under the bus.
They now have to undergo a weeks worth of “learning to use Slack” and sexual harassment training (I don’t know why this was included) because of me. I feel extremely dumb and I apologize for anyone who has to go through additional training because of my actions.
Considering these types of things eventually happen to people, as embarrassing as it is, is there anything I can do to prevent these sorts of accidents?