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As internet users finish mopping up the mess left by the SoBig.F e-mail worm, the man who has significantly shaped the computer world said it's time to build better software that will create "trustworthy computing".
It's up to companies like Microsoft to build software that will secure information and stop viruses, he said.
The problem, Gates said, is software is still not strong enough to connect devices together and there are too many viruses and security weaknesses.
"We need to build spam elimination into our software itself," he said. "That is our responsibility. We can't just put up with that. We have to get rid of those things. We have to make the infrastructure reliable."
Originally posted by Djarums
How about preventing a site from changing your Start Page without asking you? Or how about preventing the automatic installation of spyware dog crap like Gator, TinyBar, IntelligentExplorer, etc? These things should not be able to install themselves without you knowing it, yet they are. That is a flaw in Windows. A secure operating system would not allow outside entities to manipulate it. I'd be willing to bet that 75% of the users who visit this site are infected by one form of spyware or more.
Originally posted by SimonGray
What Gates was getting at is engineering anti-spam/anti-virus functions into individual programs. It is expected that every user should HAVE TO purchase firewall and anti-virus software for their PC, but for some people they are either new to this form of technology or perhaps simply can't afford to.