Re: Anyone else notice that Swen is slowing down?
Even with Windows XP Pro, I work with people who have it set in their
minds that they'd rather always be an Administrator/Power User to avoid
the once-in-a-while hassle of typing a password to install a program or
update than run as a normal user for the most part and be a little more
protected from these problems.
On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 07:56:07PM -0500, Michael D Schleif wrote:
What I am saying is -- IMHO -- especially in light of the problems that
I have experienced with Swen, auto-executing virus/worms are only *part*
of the problem. Social engineering is often scoffed at as a real
threat; but, what we see with Swen is so real looking that people I know
have actually __manually__ clicked on those attachments!
Of course, there's also the fact that since they run Windows, they are
of necessity logged in with admin privileges *all* the time, so it only
takes one click to install an executable that then has full access to
the system, including network devices...
No they'd rather fume when they have to restore/reinstall or deal with
the constant annoyingness of their virus scanner that complains if they
try to send more than one email at a time, or happen to send the same
message to a few different people. One of them had his DNS settings
changed the other day and he coudn't figure out how that had happened.
It's like it's "cool" to have full control and even "cool" to remove a
I think the problem is they worked with Win9x for too long, or often
think they live in the relatively safe world of late 80's early 90's
networked computing. It blows me away that others like to work like this
and want to share the root of their systems to avoid occasional
permission issues. They really have issues dealing with user/group based
I grew up with Macs and disliked the fact that my desktop was always
changing (on the other hand I never knew what an IRQ conflict was).
Win9x pretended to keep my files and desktop seperate, but still others
could 'clean up' and delete my work. There was also the dumbness of
having 2-3 desktop backgrounds appear as you booted up and logged in.
When I installed my first Linux distro on an x86 I was hooked. That was
how a computer system should work!
Maybe a few more years and more people will catch on to the idea of
checking file permissions and learn appreciate them.