May 10, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Last week, many of you e-mailed me saying that ZabaSearch didn't apply to you, and I apologize for not stating it's a search within the United States only. I guess the ZabaSearch folks should really revisit their quote, "The #1 People Search on Earth." Now let's talk about the scum of the earth: people who develop viruses. The recent release of the Sober.p virus has been driving me nuts for the past couple of weeks, flooding my e-mail box to the point of absolute frustration. While I'm thankful for my security protection, I'd really like to give one of these jokers a good flogging each time I receive an infected e-mail. Obviously, I'm joking, but the question remains: how can we stop (or at least slow down) these annoying viruses? Are the less tech-savvy to blame for infecting themselves and others? What motivates these guys to create this havoc: money or fame? Find out more about this topic in Senior Editor Robert Vamosi's article, "Why virus writers still do what they do." And if you have any opinions you'd like to share with the rest of us, TalkBack here. Be safe and be aware out there--only you can prevent the spread of viruses!
This week's hot topic:
Why virus writers still
do what they do
You had lots to say after reading the latest Security Watch column. What can be done to stop the ever-growing virus problem? Many of you had some interesting suggestions.
Change the protocols
CNET member pgh argues that as long as there's money to be made, new viruses will continue to be developed, no matter how strong the laws are against it. He suggests that we reexamine Internet protocols such as e-mail's POP to help combat viruses.
Read pgh's full post in CNET TalkBack
Make the corporations work harder
Tired of e-mail viruses flooding his Hotmail account, CNET member snharden has a different stance: demand that ISPs and software companies work harder to stop viruses before they ever make it to the end user.
Read snharden's full post in CNET TalkBack
An ounce of prevention...
CNET member jackintucson proudly states that he hasn't had a virus in more than five years. How does he do it? By suiting up his PC with powerful firewall and virus utilities and using good old common sense.
Read jackintucson's full post in CNET TalkBack
Want to share your opinions about virus writers? Read "Why virus writers still do what they do," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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