Ralph Nader: Computers Unsafe at Any Speed?
AC wrote, "I have to agree with some of the other people who have commented about this article that it is really up to the end-user to get off his/her lazy ass and learn something,or just don't own a computer or lose all your personal info to crims. Computers have been around long enough that people need to understand that they are not just another appliance. It's best to actually know something about the operation of the devices."
Ideally, yes. However, computers aren't marketed that way - they're marketed towards people who are barely smart enough to not pee on the floor indoors.
Such clueless users will learn how to use computers safely at the same rate that idiots will learn how to stop crashing their cars. "Seatbelts save lives", as the saying goes, but cars didn't used to have seatbelts until whiners like Ralph Nader started making a big public stink about auto safety, eventually resulting in the automotive industry doing things to save idiots from themselves (saving bad drivers, and non-defensive drivers, from some Darwinian justice).
Maybe we need a Ralph Nader type to address computer-OS security concerns, to keep idiot lusers from being a menace to others on the internet.
Since that's not likely to happen anytime soon, the idiocy will continue.
Nevertheless, it's often hopeless trying to explain to the average home PC user why they shouldn't run as Admin, etc etc... - their attitude is, "Well, the PC was set up like that when I first bought it, so it *must* be right, why would I change it?" :(
So I would like to see *some* changes in the MS default stuff. Not to protect idiots from themselves, but to protect the rest of us from the idiots... or something like that.