Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Dec 2004 20:48 UTC, submitted by Nicholas
Editorial I just spent the last several days reading the lengthy essay "Ying and Yang of Security" which explores the origins of security on the personal computer and explains why the current models are outdated. It seems to argue that security systems designed to keep the system safe are relics of the days of mainframes when the system was more important than the user, but for a personal computer the user is more important than the system.
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by andrew on Thu 9th Dec 2004 00:04 UTC

"...the system was more important than the user, but for a personal computer the user is more important than the system."

For point and click folks, checking for recipes at foodnetwork.com, or ripping off the latest songs from Kazaa, this is true. But from *nix perspective, this is completely untrue.


No - that is BOFH's perspective. Professional sys admin who gets paid to tend to the machine, and views users as pests that have to be tolerated because without them, there would be no paycheck... But nowadays many desktop and small office users like myself are also their own sys admins. We need to tend to our systems to keep them running, but DATA is what truly matters. System, be it Windows or Unix, is completely expandable. I would much prefer to reinstall my system than to have my credit card details stolen... Writer of this article is right on the money there.