Apparently yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the first computer virus to be released in the “wild”, meaning spread around outside of a laboratory setting.
For you youngsters out there, this virus was spread by infecting something called a floppy disk which was then hand delivered to the next machine.
One more interesting piece of trivia, it was written for the Apple II.
Contrast that innocent little prank with the malware situation today.
Most people wouldn’t think of running their computers without several layers of virus, anti-spyware, firewall, and other security software. Not to mention the almost continuous updates to those programs and, of course, the operating system.
Speaking of which, have you noticed that in the ads for the upcoming release of Windows Vista, stores are pushing the purchase of internet and virus security programs right along side of the “most secure” operating system ever produced by the Big Monopoly?
At least some things in technology never change.