Vulnerabilities in Users, Not in Windows
Written by Gordon Fecyk, 3/9/2005
SYSADMINS DON'T FAULT THEIR USERS for computing problems. Instead, they blame Microsoft for creating the environment that makes it possible. For example, Kelly Martin told the securityfocus.com audience:
[Microsoft's anti-spyware tool] is a band-aid approach and a funny way for them to admit defeat - because it's holes in Microsoft's operating system that built the entire spyware industry to begin with.
He lost sight of the real problem.
So, why install Kazaa? Well, users can't resist free music. It acts just like a drug. Users will gladly install spyware-infested software, knowing full well what they're giving up, in the name of somehow screwing the man.
Kazaa's sponsors are not exploiting a weakness in Microsoft Windows. Instead, they are exploiting a weakness in the user. For this reason alone, you all need to stop blaming Microsoft for your spyware woes.
From UserFriendly.org Copyright © 2005 J.D. "Illiad" Frazer.
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