[Dshield] Re: "Personal Firewalls" are mostly snake-oil?
jan.wildeboer at gmx.de
Thu Jul 25 19:33:28 GMT 2002
IT Department - CI Holding Group, Inc. wrote:
> The point is
> that everyone CAN learn, if they NEED to learn.
> As stated above,
> software vendors are TRYING to make it all easier on the END USER.
No. Exactly here is the problem. They are marketing their products as
plug'n'play solutions - install it and you are secure. Which is wrong.
The user thinks - Work done. I installed PF XYZ. I dont have to care
anymore. I dont have to check for updates (gosh, how many people are
still using insecure, outdated browsers! I think everytime I check my
logs). It is this false promise that makes the user unwilling to learn.
> Hopefully not compromising the systems along the way (with bug ridden
How will the user learn? Will the manufacturer send him mails: Our
product has bugs, pay $$$ for an update? Will the user update? Will the
user learn that things might be a bit more complex? The answer is No,
No, No. And that IS a problem.
>> Let them (the PF-users) die dumb. Let's go back to work.
> Ignorance is bliss. It is that very elitist attitude that caused other
> compromising world events.
The ignorance is located at the user running a PF without even thinking
about the howabouts.
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