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A warning on a new destructive 'press release'
Authored by: Spades on May 13, '04 06:50:29PM

Figuring out what is a trusted source is, just as in real life, all about common sense. Is Apple a trusted source? Almost certainly. I'm not familiar with this installer that erased the hard drive, but it sounds more like a bug than a malicious attack. Is P2P a trusted source? Absolutely not. P2P is the equivalent of taking candy from strangers. You were taught to not take candy from strangers, right?

If you want explicit levels of trust, then there's nothing stopping you. What you're looking for are software that is cryptographically signed. Requiring that though is borderline paranoia, and you're not going to find much signed software. It is much less troublesome to apply what you've learned about trust in life to computers.

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