Turning to the auto industry for security ideas

That is what the software industry seems to be doing, or at least that is what Microsoft is doing. Advertise a car’s price, and then add thousands of dollars in packages to make it bearable – sound familiar? Now this – sell an operating system with known (and sometimes glaring) security holes, then provide an optional security package that tacks 20% onto the price. Of course, you have to advertise citing valid statistics:

“Microsoft said up to 70% of consumers either have no security software on their PC or have programs that are no longer updated.”

Maybe that is because consumers and businesses are just plain frustrated dealing with it. If that’s the case, you’d have to ask yourself…

Would you trust the optional safety belts and airbags in a car whose manufacturer has the highest death rates per crash?

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