[LINK] Study shows pop-up warnings are ineffective

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Wed Oct 1 20:20:33 EST 2008


Marghanita da Cruz wrote:

> and here is mozilla's view
>> A number of press articles surrounding Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, and other recent similar reports from Cenzic and Secunia, are offering the confusing and incorrect conclusion that the effective security and safety of web browsers can be measured by simply counting the number of vendor disclosed software flaws.
> ....
> <http://blog.mozilla.com/ftr/2008/04/15/security-metrics-that-matter/>

Bang on. Bugs counts are meaningless. The severity and effect
of a bug is much more important. And as the article points out,
proporietary closed-source browser manufacturers do not report
bugs that are discovered and fixed internally.

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That blog lead me to this:

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3721556.ece

"Number of computer viruses tops one million"

The article mentions "Symantec observed an average of 62,000 zombie
computers operating every day in the second half of the year."

Browser bugs are a storm in a teacup compared to the stats in the
above article. Real damage is being done by real criminals. Real
people losing real money. $ MILLIONS of it.

Read more here: http://www.globalcrypto.com/phishing.html
and weep.

cheers?
rick

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