National computer security day

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Today is the national computer security day in Finland. I didn't know about it until I found a small leaflet hidden between my morning newspaper. The leaflet teaches the very basics of computer security: firewalls, viruses, spam, updating Windows and so on. It's very short and quite shallow, but it covers the most important parts and looks friendly. It's accompanied by a web site, which gives more detail.

I think this was a very good idea. The project has wide support, from government offices to businesses. Of course it's good advertising for F-Secure and other companies behind all this (well - Microsoft is involved and the material certainly underlines the need to update their buggy software), but I'm not complaining. As broadband Internet connections are becoming more common and used by non-geeks who might not understand the need for adequate protection, campaigns like this are increasingly necessary.

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