Linked by Alcibiades on Wed 4th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Windows Like a lot of people who have worked in the business, I find myself in conversations about computer security with people who are having problems or know people who have problems. I wrote this to save me from explaining the same thing over and over again to different people, and to save them the trouble of having to make notes as we talked. It was meant to be something you could give to a 'naive user' and have them be able to read and follow it more or less unaided, and while not being a complete guide, at least be something that made them more secure than before they got it.
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People don't care, which is why ...
by bb_matt on Wed 4th Jan 2006 21:19 UTC
bb_matt
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2006-01-04

... we have computer specialists to help them.

You simply cannot expect people to get under the hood of windows to ensure they are secure. It's a wonderful thought, but it doesn't work.

People want to switch on, do their task, a switch off.
Not everyone is a computer enthusiast, in fact, very few people are.

Ask the average person about firewalls ? - Huh ?
Fire what ?

Viruses are the realm of "computer boffins" and trust in windows is just blind.

The idea of your average person keeping their computers safe from attack is about as realistic as everyone checking the tyre pressure, brakes, suspension and clutch in their cars each and every time before they start driving.

It really is up to microsoft to keep the attacks at bay for the masses, however, I agree that simple education is a good thing, so long as it doesn't detract people from using their computers as tools, as opposed to tooling about with their computers.

Just the basics is all we can hope for, along the lines of "don't click too quick" - kinda like telling drivers to keep an eye out for traffic problems.

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jmphilippe Member since:
2006-01-05

You're perfectly right!

Until people get completely crashed by some malware they don't feel the danger even if they are aware. This is like car driving: everyone thinks he drives better than his neighbour. For computers, everyone thinks he's safe enough - safer than others.

The truth is most people don't know what these popup windows are - well it's a windows feature?, they do not know that some malware has read their adress book to send spam, they even don't know that their computer may be hosting some pirated software or porn videos!

And the worse: they think their computer is perfectly designed, they totally trust microsoft and never wonder about why their system need so many addons to get safer (anti-virus, etc.)...

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