April 28, 2004
Ditch the victim mentality

A brilliant opinion piece in The Register: Ditch the victim mentality.

Users want "effective, free, constantly updated security service requiring little or no user intervention". "It is fantasy", says Tim Mullen, "nothing like that will ever exist, as it simply cannot. New threats emerge every day with new associated risks, and there will never be any unified solution to the sea of possible attacks."

The user must take some responsibility, he says: "You don't have to be a computer expert to load AV software and install a firewall. We are not wasting energy blaming stupid users. We are calling for users to take a little time and to learn minimal skills before attaching their systems to the Internet. The time it takes for these innocents to wallow in victimization would be far better spent actually reading all those message boxes telling you that you are about to screw up your system before clicking OK."

To which I'd add: And no more opening bloody email attachments!

Posted to Software by Simon Brunning at April 28, 2004 04:19 PM

I couldn't resist:


Posted by: Alan Green on April 29, 2004 01:30 AM
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