Demaestro - 10:37 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Oh yes a day or two will be more than enough for anyone to understand everything there is to know about the new computer they have just purchased!
Obviously not, but I never said it would take a day or two to learn how to use a computer. If you get a computer for email and web-surfing then you should take a couple days to learn the inherent dangers of using email and web-surfing.
Things like.... When is it safe to use your credit card..... When is it safe to open an email from an unknown sender. Do I need anti virus. I am not suggesting they need to learn how to set up an ODBC connection, unless they got the computer for DB purposes.
I don't know how to program the built in video recorder in my 42" all singing and dancing TV? Does that mean I should not be allowed to own it?
Yes you can own it but you should at least grasp the pitfalls and inherent dangers of it. For example does it store any data on your use of the TV? If you recycled it could someone pull a log of your viewing history?
Put the onus on the manufacturers of the devices to make sure they are secure out of the box.
I agree they should, but I can see why they don't. That is a customer service nightmare.
"What is my password" (can't be a default password otherwise not secure)
"Can I change my password?"
"Which network (ssid) is mine?" (can't be default, otherwise not secure and everyone can't have an ssid of 'default')
"You sold me this as secure and I got packet sniffed, make it right"
Every wireless router I have seen in the last 7 or so years has a disk they repeatedly prompt you to use and it has a wizard that will set up all the security needed on your router, along with many warning stickers. You have to ignore a lot of warnings and instructions to set up a wifi router that is open and insecure.
I don't suggest that people need to learn the nuances of networking or the difference between encryption types, but they need to learn the inherent risks in owning any device.
It's negligent if you just plug something in with no idea of what will happen or what the risks are.