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#1 tonester59

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:16 AM

I go by tonester59 and consider myself a relative novice, as I've only been at this a couple of years now. I am particularly interested in security issues and software - I've had to learn the hard way, having contracted several malware (virus, trojan,etc.) infections when first starting out, a couple of which severe enough to necessitate reinstalling my OS. I feel that the internet , which held so much promise at first, has become a hostage to commercialism (which was inevitable), and criminal activity (botnets, phishing sites,etc.) which concerns me greatly. I fell that the Internet belongs to the people, first and foremost, but to effect that we must first keep ourselves safe. I am an advocate of open-source software and abhor the present situation where those who can afford top-tier Anti-Virus programs are safer than those who are limited to free programs ('though some aren't bad). As a caveat, I should add that I am fortunate in that the cable company I get my broadband from provides a free version of F-Secure with my internet subscription. Everything else I use is open-source or free editions due to financial necessity. I love computing and applaud the efforts of all those great people working to make the Internet safer, to protect an individual's right to privacy, and to make it accessible to everybody.  Thanks for your time.



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#2 jgweed

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

In spite of all the problems associated with the internet, the potential for good seems to me to outweigh them. The internet has certainly increased the diffusion of knowledge and brought people throughout the globe closer.

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