I'm not too clued up about computer security, other than doing what we are suggested to do in order to protect our computers.
I was just curious about the companies that recommend and sell computer security software.
Tonight i have been looking into the Conficker threat that is supposed to infect a lot of computers in a couple of days. I know it's done a lot of
damage already, and looks set to do a lot more.
Then looking into the explanations and diagrams showing the way it infects, it appears that everything they say the virus targets, is something that
can be fixed with product you can either download or purchase.
Fair enough i guess, we have to get help from somewhere.
Yet all the ways that we are given to deal with this, benefit the companies.
You download a patch, ok that can be free. Anti-virus software and the likes can also be fre, however there is a hell of a lot that is purchased.
If the threat totaly fries your computer, or if you do not have the knowledge to fix it, you buy a new computer......companies win again.
I'm not sure if i've explained my thoughts well, but i'm sure you get my drift.
If thousands of people go out and buy new computers with MS operating systems on it, the reward of $250,000 is a drop in the ocean compared with what
they'd make on people panicing and buying extra security.
Anyway, thats just my thoughts, the thoughts of someone who like i say has little computer security knowledge....so be easy with the flaming please!
Do you think all security software firms are honourable?
EDITED TO ADD: On second thoughts, this might be more at home in the general conspiracy forum (just seen the "cutting edge and future technology"
comment..not sure this quite fits that). Could a mod please move this if it needs to be? Thank you.
[edit on 30/3/09 by CX]