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Microsoft routinely releases new collateral updates, many of which are given it's main severity rating "critical". Here's a average announcement:

"A collateral issue has been identified that could allow an aggressor to compromise a laptop administration Internet Traveler and gain charge over it. "

I'm not building this up. Is this funny to any person else? They do this every month and they are still the most common web browser in the world! Don't get me wrong, the browser is good, as long as you don't mind "attackers" gaining charge over it once in awhile. Who are these attackers? Is it a cyber-geek with coke container glasses and an evil glint in his overblown eye? Could I tell if I saw one on the street? Would he have a lot of pens in the top pocket of his gangsta leather jacket? Does he have pentagrams sewn into his polyester leisure suit? I know only one hacker, but he swears he's a "Light-Side" hacker. He hacks only for good.

And what if we conventional these kinds of inscription from other manufacturers? "A guarantee issue has been identified that could allow a brigand to board all pleasure boats in succession an outboard Mercury 150 and joy ride it to Mexico for Cinco de Mayo. Ensconce this jack screw on your controls immediately. "

So let's analysis with an analogy for the reason that this is "critical". If you had a steel code safe (your computer) in which you stored precious belongings, (your data) and you towed this safe about in a wagon through many of the world's most perilous cities (surfing the internet), Microsoft announced that there are 8 easy ways, and 4 just "so so" ways for thieves to break in and take the lot you've got. But let's stay positive, the good news is, you can patch it all right up with a click. What could be easier? Maybe that's why we forgive them so often. Wouldn't it be great to get an email from GM maxim your vehicle will soon be stolen but click here and it will be alright.

It's nice that they announce the holes and the patches together, that way I'm not so concerned the whole time before, while I browsed Internet Traveler about care free down the mean streets of the internet entirely innocent. I could have been E-jacked by I-marauders, demanding that I hand over every E & I in my wallet.

The truth is, the good guys are attractive the guarantee campaign online, why? As they are rich and can hire the best light-side hackers money can buy. Even hackers known for evil all wind up functioning for large corporations. A headline of one going to jail for 18 months is a resume item on the lap of every CEO in the world with computers to protect. Now they're a cyber security expert, with all the dark secrets for sale! The dialect activities start pouring in, "Come meet the man (or woman) who sent a KaGillion emails from a billion computers to Microsoft at some stage in lunch break. He did his time at Club Fed, and now works for the Area of Defense.

So cyber villains may come and analytical updates may go, I just click and fix my way along the in rank highway and say a hardly prayer that the world's "attackers" never know I exist until they're on the payroll of the good guys somewhere.

Rick David writes a humor editorial called, "Don't Laugh It Could Come about To You" for http://sandiego. merchantamerica. com


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