Stop Crying Virus Wolf
from the calm-down-everyone dept
Aha. Now that vmyths has shut down, it appears some other folks are finally realizing that anti-virus, security firms, and the media tend to massively overhype the risks of many security violations and viruses. Of course, one single article isn’t going to make a difference. Vmyths took on this task every day for eight years, and it did little to change the way the industry acted. The simple fact is that everyone involved has the incentive to keep on hyping. Security and anti-virus firms hype because it lets them get more attention and sell more products. Reporters run with the stories, with little critical thinking, because it makes good copy that sells. Telling people that the virus scare they’re hearing about is overhyped doesn’t generate much interest.