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PC Week: Analysis: Microsoft and the consequences of misplaced trust

Sep 04, 1999, 23:06 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Coffee)

"Had awareness of Internet risks been greater in, say, the fall of 1996, consumers and enterprise IT architects would have waited for a more robust framework to support the next generation of personal and commercial communications and transactions.

"But that's not how things happened..."

"Given this history, it's not surprising that active Web-page content was crafted as a fragile and trusting extension of single-user interapplication data exchange, that Microsoft's ActiveX technology gave unlabeled software, from unknown sources, the same privileges as anything else on a user's machine. Java has the potential to be far more secure, but every statement about Java's inherent security carries an implicit qualifier: "when implemented according to specifications."

"What's mildly surprising... is that consumers placed so much trust in vendors in an era when so many industries have failed to be trustworthy."

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