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a file downloaded from the Internet is like a person that you have invited into your house
Authored by: hayne on Aug 25, '09 07:16:31PM

Downloading a file from the Internet is analogous to welcoming someone into your house. If you are downloading so many files from the Internet each day that you don't have time/energy to pause and consider whether each one is something that you trust, then it's like having a steady stream of strangers entering your house.
I.e. in that case, security is already a lost cause and you'd better have inside defences like those of heavily touristed buildings like the Empire State Building.

The confirmation dialog is useful for those with a more normal level of "incoming" - it's analogous to having a "peephole" in your door so you can see who is knocking.



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