Sunday, October 16, 2005

Enough about security

I am sick and tired of hearing about non secure systems and how they are ruining peoples lives. Online identity theft, computer viruses, spyware....all of it exists because we as a people are trusting of the companies we buy our complex junk from. You want online security, heres how you do it. Get rid of the maleable operating system. Simple, that's all there is too it. Have your customer custom configure his operating system with every bit of software he will need or want and burn it to a unalterable flash memory drive that can be inserted into the PC like a drive, out of the way yet easily removeable. This would, on computer start, create a virtual hard drive (RAM disc) and your computer would run from that virtual drive. Upgrades and new software would be installed onto the ramdisk only untill shutdown, with the machine booting from the unalterable flash drive each startup. The standard hard drive would be for data storage, but could not run or store executable files or any launchable program. Your hard disk would become a storage unit for your text files, pictures, and other work related data. Upgrading your OS flash drive would be nessasarily dificult, maby even requiring sending it to the provider and having it replaced with your new configuration. Such devices exist today, they are used by internet security companys to disect and study computer viruses. They are powerful and speedy compared to most office PCs. And the fractional cost increase would be offset by the reduction in internet security costs. And all it would take is a little bit of training and a slight modification in behavior.

This is not a residential solution, far too inconvienient, but this is a way to provide the vulnerable office computing market with a way to stop being the primary spreader of all the nasty critters going around the web-world. They have the most computers online by a huge percentage, making them critter free would go a long way to removing the threats. Cleaning up the residential side of the industry will be more difficult yet completely free. All it will take is a little education from us geeks, and a halt to the disinformation spread by the software sellers (read Microsoft, Symantec, etc., etc.) All for now, go hug a penguin.