Standard advice: Keep your software updated, keep your antivirus updated, don’t click links from people you don’t know, and be suspicious of people sending you links about free iPads, trips, or naked Beyoncé videos, no matter how hopeful you are to see all the single ladies.
So let’s consider the world to be “techs” and “users.” Techs’ responsibility has to end at some point and users’ responsibility has to begin. We do all we can to make sure people are educated and browsing safely. Some onus has to be put on the users, because you’ve been informed of how things work. It makes me wonder how we’re still in the age of “I wonder what this button does?”
Computers, the internet, smartphones and mobile devices – these are the things we use in our everyday lives now. They govern a large percentage of what we do – which is why it’s infuriating that it’s so easy for people to throw their hands up in the air and say “Oh, it’s tech, I don’t understand it and I don’t want to.” That attitude makes people not take steps to protect themselves, and complain and whine when they get hit. So don’t tell me things like how you forgot to install antivirus on your computer because you’re not a tech or you clicked a link because “how could I know” without being a tech person.
You’re not a mechanic either, but you still know you need gas in the damn tank to drive your car to work.