Stories such as, “When your smart ID Card Reader Comes with Malware,” are indicators that today’s IT landscape is a delicate minefield one must carefully venture through. When utilizing Internet of Thing devices becomes a question of authenticity of the company supplying the device, we must practice caution when “making it work.” Once upon a time “making it work,” was the normal and if that meant you needed to go to the local radio shack, or computer store for a device or part you would do just that. The concern with working from home, a great addition to the work environment, also comes with a more cautious approach. This story may serve as a warning to all work from home employees to not take the shortcut approach and actually utilize the list of approved card reader vendors at idmanagement.gov. As my father would say, when you take a shortcut, you end up traveling further than just maintaining the approved trail.