Computer Security

I recently heard a comment from someone that said what's the worst that could happen if their computer got infected. After all, so what?

While I won't explain the context further, here's the reality. You can't even pretend to have a secure computer when a criminal has control of it. You might as well leave for work with your front door unlocked or store your keys on the hood of your car. What's the worst that could happen?

It costs you and others money. It can even put people in danger.

Someone who would see nothing wrong with leaving their keys on their car could reasonably be said to have no concept of physical security. Sadly, with computers it seems most people assume their anti-virus software will protect them. When's the last time you updated Adobe Flash/Reader/Java? Did you know that's all you have to do to protect yourself from a lot of attacks? Is Windows Update even turned on? I've helped enough friends with their computers to know that a lot of people haven't installed a single update the entire time they've had their computer. It's fun watching 80 download all at once. Take some simple steps to protect yourself and it might spare you a lot of frustration later.

Interesting rant

Why did you stop discussing the context? It seems like you are tired of normal average people who have not been taught what you are talking about. What is the solution?

Preach it buddy!

You make some good points, and I like the analogy of the car keys on the hood of the car. Sometimes the only way to get people to understand what risk they are at, is to use such analogies. Sadly, the ignorance of the average home or office user is what causes so much damage.