March 22nd, 2005


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I write a lot of reports where I get commentary from every day average Internet users. They say things like "I booted up the start page" and "I like this browser becuase it has news on it". They don't know the differences among spyware, malware, viruses, and worms. To them Norton should take care of all of this with one purchase of $60.
Virus definitions? What are those?!

It never surprises me to see a middle aged housewife from Wisconsin who uses her computer to play games and look up recipes not really know why she shouldn't use the oh-so-useful Weather Bug program or to understand that a firewall is never going to protect her computer from a virus.

It always suprises me when I see supposedly computer literate 20 somethings use Google (the name of a company that assumed everyone in the world was too stupid to know how the word "googol" was pronounced) as a verb.
But it really *shouldn't* surprise me. It just does.