Wednesday, April 16, 2008

License Your Computer?

I read something that concerned me the other day, but I don't remember where.

Because of the threat of computer viruses, spyware, and God knows what else, a columnist suggested that internet access be licensed.

Her wording, "We require a license to make sure that one can safely operate a car; with so many depending on the internet for their livelihood shouldn't we make sure that computer operators know how to safely surf the net?"

I agree with her to a point but disagree with her solution. Licensing access to the internet would be to open to partisan mischief regardless of which party is in power. Don't like so and so's blog? Find a way to revoke his net license.

However she had a valid point on the need for people to surf responsibly and keep their computer safe and as virus free as possible.

Perhaps instead ISPs should be required by law to include a valid (and regularly updated) spyware and virus protection in their service contract. I generally don't like a lot of regulations but I think this is one area where reasonable regulations reasonably enforced might not be a bad idea. When a virus can do the damage that some of them do, then mandatory protection might be needed. Most sensible people have virus and spyware protection anyway but this would make sure that everyone has it.

Update: I am not sure if I want the gov't interfering either, but I have seen more than a few people, mostly young people, getting viruses that render their computer useless. Not all young people (or older ones either) are computer savvy enough to think of these things.

9 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

If you want to demand ISP's idiot proof the internet, you will have to pay triple the price or more that you are paying now, do you really want that? why? everything you need to protect any computer is both free and widely available.

9:04 PM  
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4:35 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with Mark on this one, Shoprat. The government already interferes in too much of our lives, and if they get involved in this it won't stop with them just mandating that everyone have virus and spyware protection. It will go downhill faster than Jack and Jill and we'll wind up with so many restrictions most of us will give up blogging.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I went to pay Mark's blog a visit and got the message that I haven't been invited to read that blog!??? That's never happened before. Is it a fluke or doesn't he want visitors?

6:55 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

gayle
Go to Class 8 Commentary on my links. That is his blog and I get to it no problem.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Goat said...

I have gone to war against spammers by contacting their servers to shut them down and it is working really well. I am going to get a post up soon on how to do this as soon as I have it all figured out. I have shut down several porn and drug spammers already.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

I have Trend Micro security and Lo-Jack for laptops. That's all I need.

Screw any government agency that wants registration, it only invites more control on our access and so forth by politicians.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Thanks, Shoprat!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Okay, I got there only to find out I've been there already! LOL! I'm running windows vista and I think it's causing the problem.

10:39 AM  

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