- Microsoft is spending a lot of money right now to encourage people who use Windows to upgrade, for a fee, to a new version called Vista.
- To justify the fee for the new version Microsoft is talking a lot about how much more secure Vista is than previous versions of Windows.
- All this talk may be creating an expectation that computer users will encounter fewer security problems in the future.
- This expectation is probably false.
This may sound like a tall order--and it is--the task is not insurmountable. Law and order can eventually replace lawlessness, e.g. the Wild West. Standards of behavior within any given geographic entity can be improved, e.g. reduced drinking and driving in UK/US/et al.
Of course, these are changes that take decades to bring about. All the more reason to commit to the process now, rather than later. Remember, technology cannot create security; the sooner people set aside dreams of security based on the false promise that it can, the sooner the root problem will be addressed, and the better the interim security strategy will be.