I've been around the internet for a few years, I've always had a decent grasp of the do' and don'ts. I've never had a virus, worm, trojan or spyware of any kind infiltrate my machine. Of course I get spam, popups and the obligatory emails from African business men requesting help with their finances but generally I wade through the internet's sewerage quite happily on a daily basis.
I fear many do not. I visited my parents last week to find seŮora forjador was persistently contacting them in search of an English boy via Net Send. I found my dad signing up for quaterly anti-virus updates but not understanding that the av software was checking his incoming and outgoing email.
He gets spooked by popups disguised as error messages, as I'm sure many non-web savvy people do. They don't have the instinct or know how to get rid of chromeless popups. Should there be night classes on popups, spyware, diallers, hackers, forums&flaming?
The internet is a quagmire of deceit, trip wires and scum. I've talked about sensorship and some of the murkier aspects of the internet in another thread, I'd go so far as to say the internet is vastly overcroweded by two things; porn and scheming; the 'net's a new vehicle for begging, pyramid schemes and all manner of thievery.
Even online stores are at it; a man in the pub says "oh, you can start up from home, with nothing on the internet" and they do, the place is full of products minus aftersales or support.
All the time people strive to make the internet better, they build better sites, more accessible, better looking, and all the time there are a hundred times more people working on seedy plots to make money.
There's alot about the internet that understandably scares regular people from using it. For the most part the internet is a huge web of lies and deceit intent on ensnaring the very people who aren't confident in using it.
This is just my view. I see what the net could be and what it is.
I'd like online gaming to take off without the script kiddie |337 h4x0r aspect.
Ecommerce to be of minimal risk to the consumer.
I'd like porn and other material beyond taste and decency to go to .sex/.xxx tld's and stay there.
I'd like laws imposed against the likes of Gain, preventing software producers carrying such spyware along with their product.
I'd like ISP's to activly prevent spam, I get the same spam I was getting 4-5 years ago, nothing changes.
Maybe I ask too much? It just seems to me that the internet is young and learning bad habits all the time, it's grown up without a firm hand for guidance and unless something is done, will never reach the people who could really benefit from its potential.
As you can maybe tell, I'm for an 'internet police' even sensorship of sorts, but moreso countries need to adjust laws to this networking age.
That's all, thanks.