Should a license be required to go online?
A virus fouls your computer and you haplessly pass it on. Advertising software loads stealthily on your machine. Your password gets stolen because of your neglect. Or the music industry sues you because of something your kids or grandkids did on your computer. Barely a day goes by without someone, somewhere getting stung or stinging others through careless Internet use. Though many of these threats are preventable, relatively few of us take the necessary precautions. So why not institute mandatory education before people can go online? After all, motorists must obtain licenses before they can legally hit the road, and computers are much more complicated. Minimum competency requirements could include schooling in how to update anti-virus programs, install firewalls and obtain security fixes for your computer’s operating system. They could include a primer on copyright law and tips on configuring file-swapping programs to avoid the sharing that prompted nearly 300 federal lawsuits against individual computer users. Full Story