[ISN] Microsoft: To secure IE, upgrade to XP

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Mon Sep 27 04:27:25 EDT 2004

Forwarded from: Gary Hinson <gary at isect.com>

> http://news.com.com/Microsoft+To+secure+IE%2C+upgrade+to+XP/2100-1032_3-5378366.html

> If you're one of about 200 million people using older versions of
> Windows and you want the latest security enhancements to Internet
> Explorer, get your credit card ready ...

Spot the difference: 

1. Software is inevitably released with quality failures, some of 
   which create information security vulnerabilities.

2. The supplier warns people about bugs and offers to fix them, for a

3. People who value security have little choice but to pay for the fixes,
   and hope that they work.

4. Those who don't value or cannot afford security live with the bugs,
   increasing the number of potential Internet zombies.

5. The whole Internet community suffers.


1. Motor vehicles are inevitably released with quality failures, some of
   which create safety issues.

2. Legal, regulatory and market pressures force the manufacturer to solve
   trivial issues at the first free service, and issue free recall notices 
   for serious safety issues that occur later.  

3. Most people comply with recall safety notices because they fear for
   their own safety.

4. Service centers resolve issues before too many people suffer.
Chief Executive, IsecT Ltd.
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