I would these to his list:
- Improved education: Right now pretty much everything a person learns about computers is either through trial and error, learning from a slightly more savy friend or family member, or from a teacher of some kind. Trial and error stinks for a new computer user; it is great when you know enough to fix an issue that you created. Learning from a slightly savy friend or family member often spreads half truths and FUD, unless they are experienced in the field. Learning from a teacher can either be downright disasterous or excellent…there is usually very little middle ground. What we need is better education of computer users so they are more prepared to handle their computer’s security. You would be amazed how few people actually know they have to renew their antivirus software every year or go out to Windows Update to keep their computer patched.
- Require firewalls on all Internet connections: Even better, have the broadband companies offer a free router or at worst, charge a rental fee like the cable modem. All broadband internet connections should have a separate hardware firewall (like a wireless router) between their Internet connection and their home computer. This simple step, which costs about $50 at your local BestBuy, will protect computers from worms like Blaster and all but the most determined from breaking into your computer. It isn’t perfect, as it doesn’t stop viruses sent on web sites or by e-mail, but it closes down one major security hole in most homes. I still am shocked at how many people plug a computer that hasn’t had antivirus updates or Windows updates in years into their broadband connection.
Just these steps alone will cut down on a ton of the issues that broadband users have to face.