Linux security

Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at
Sat Apr 29 10:47:32 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-29-04 at 16:56 +0700, Chanchao wrote:

> > That could be a very 
> > powerful factor, because it actually addresses the human factor. I 
> > didn't thik of that before. What do you think?

> I think that as more and more people who are not ueber-wizards start to
> use Linux based operating systems, the opportunities for getting them to
> run malware/spyware/adware will increase dramatically. :)   I wouldn't
> put it past them to just enter their password when a box pops up asking
> for it. :)

Organisations like eBay/Paypal and others of a similar ilk regularly
tell people that nobody will ever ask them for any personal information
by email.  They warn their users with monotonous regularity against ever
filling in password information without checking first that it's at the
eBay/Paypal/whatever main site.  Yet one of the most common (and
successful) phishing attacks is sending people emails, directing them to
fake web pages and collecting information.

Because most people will just enter their password when a box pops up
asking for it.

Michael T. Richter
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either to save or to destroy slavery." --Abraham Lincoln
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