Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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RE[2]: Of dumb people.
by biffuz on Wed 17th Feb 2010 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Of dumb people."
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If people confuse one site for another, when those sites look completely different, then what chance do they have against a phishing attack?

Exactly what I was thinking. Now we understand why phishing is so effective.

Another thing we should think about: I've heard people complaining about they should check "that little lock" before typing their bank credentials. It seems that people does not understand the freedom on which Internet is built upon, that there isn't any "central authority" that checks every site out there for frauds. This is the kind of people that the 20th century has grown up...

What we need to do is emphasize education. Let's make sure that anyone that goes through the school system takes a half-term on the Internet and Internet safety.

Yes. I don't know what happens elsewhere, but in Italy computing has been pushed out of the national school and is only "optional", and it has been mandatory for years! Looks like the elders at the government just can't understand that the school should prepare the kids for the tomorrow, not for the past, and computers and the Internet are here to stay (or evolve, of course).
Actually, someone proposed to push out every science at all in favor of poetry, music, and art.

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