Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 10:54 UTC, submitted by irbis
Bugs & Viruses "For at least a decade, the standard advice to every computer user has been to run antivirus software. But new, more commercial, more complex and stealthier types of malware have people in the industry asking: will antivirus software be effective for much longer? Among the threats they see are malware that uses the ability of the latest processors to run virtual machines that would be hidden from antivirus programs." Note: Please note that our icon contest is still running! So if you have an idea on how to rework this story's icon, read this.
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RE[6]: ...
by Morin on Mon 24th Sep 2007 10:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
Morin
Member since:
2005-12-31

> At first, you fall onto your nose, and friends help you, encourage you to
> try again.

That only works nice when users "fall on their nose", as with (nonexistant) backups. Unfortunately with malware it's more like telling people they shouldn't smoke because they'll get lung cancer from it.

> Furthermore, some common sense is essentially needed.

Indeed. Users who enter their credit card number anywhere just to see the dancing bunny are lost anyway - they might as well get cheated on without involving a computer. However there are cases where common sense is far from enough, e.g. if a website disguises as a banking program (*any* popular banking program - it will still hit enough users to be profitable).

> There have been TV sets with internet connection around, but I think
> nobody uses them anymore.

I should have been more specific. I didn't mean a pure read-only PC but rather one that allows a user to handle files freely but not extend functionality, except through very limited scripting (e.g. website-confined javascript). The kind of thing that one might prepare for one's grandparents.

> Your idea of an "exam" is interesting. (Car analogy: the driving test
> in order to get the driving license)

It wasn't really *my* idea, but I read it somewhere on OSNews. I think the comment referred to OSX, where (reportedly) the advanced options can only be changed by editing text config files, so they will only be touched by users who know how to do that.

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by netpython on Mon 24th Sep 2007 10:18 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

Users who enter their credit card number anywhere just to see the dancing bunny are lost anyway -

The target is more likely the client database of major online shopping centers. Credit card numbers by the hundred thousands instead of a single one ( to labour intensive).

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