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Should Computers Have Warning Labels – The Disgraceful State Of Computer Safety

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Whether we like it or not, the U.S. Government is hell bent to protect us from the bogeyman. From head to toe, food, drink and other enjoyable vice is under incessant attack from foundations and organizations to keep us safe. Smoking (and you thought it was sex?) is the most prevalent evil of all times, vilified for the last 40 years, and the sustained epitome of warning labels.

Warning labels are thought to be effective, maybe most effective in stopping a perceived well-being transgression, safety hazard or health risk. No matter if this is true or not, labels continue to be the trusted means of halting sin. With this in mind, I find it outrageous that computers and computer related products do not have warning labels.

Consider people who use computers, from the seasoned IT professional to the proverbial one-foot-on-a-banana-peel and the other in the grave, and the range of security knowledge about computers and the Internet. The only people who understand the importance of Internet security are those who work in the field of Internet security. If you think your child understands security by virtue of “all kids are de facto techno geniuses”, why do parental controls exist? Kids are less safe on the Internet than many adults. Adults are not safe because, in the words of Ron White, “you can’t fix stupid.”

Internet risks include identity theft, job loss, total loss of privacy, scamming, theft of personal documents and acne on the low end. For the absolute tech-challenged ham-handed dweeb, risks could be stalking, murder, rape, suicide and addiction. There is hardly anything in the real world that cannot be duplicated in the virtual world, in fact exacerbated online.

If this household item was a lawnmower it would be illegal. If it was thought to drive up the cost of your insurance, there would be outrage, and demand for government intervention. Yet priorities are set with little thought to the most dangerous appliance in the home.


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  1. Should computers have warning labels?
  2. Should a license be required to operate a computer?
  3. Should a safety class be mandatory before buying a computer?
  4. Should safty glasses and hearing protection be required to operate a computer?

Please, practice safe computing. Tweet this, DIGG it, Facebook it, email it to everyone you know. Stop the carnage. Stop ruining my computer experience and costing me money. Call the president of the U.S. The number is 202-456-1414 This is a real phone number for the White House. They will listen to what you have to say. Keep this in mind before you call.

Hal Brown is blogger, writer, photographer and observer blogging at WebLog Redux. Follow Hal on Twitter at @ohal.

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  1. 9 Responses to “Should Computers Have Warning Labels – The Disgraceful State Of Computer Safety”

  2. I think most of the dangerous elements are protected inside the case. Prolonged hours of use i think is the problem.

    By Peter J on Sep 8, 2010

  3. I understand what you mean – I built computers as part of my business for a number of years.
    Besides being tongue in cheek, the most dangerous element is the user.
    Thanks Peter.

    By Hal Brown on Sep 8, 2010

  4. I guess “having safety glasses and hearing protection to operate a computer” would work

    By Montreal website design company on Sep 8, 2010

  5. There are certainly inherent dangers from too much online exposure.

    Specifically your quote on why so many adults have issues:

    “you can’t fix stupid”

    By Steve@Lifestyle Design on Sep 15, 2010

  6. Thanks Steve. Darn shame isn’t it? If there was ever a “smart” pill wonder if that would fix stupid?

    By Hal Brown on Sep 15, 2010

  7. Its not going to work…

    Do we have less smokers due to a printed warning on its packet. I don’t think so.

    Anyways, intentions are good, and I appreciate it for this reason atleast.

    By Real Estate Links on Sep 16, 2010

  8. Obviously, the satire of this post didn’t come through, or your comment is satire as well. Yes, we do have less smokers due to warning labels.

    40 years ago nearly everyone smoked. That’s beside the point.

    I don’t really think computers should have warning labels. Since most people don’t read (40 years later) it would have little effect.

    By Hal Brown on Sep 16, 2010

  9. I hadn’t thought about whether or not computers should have warning labels or not until now, and initially I thought about health risks such as carpal tunnel or some sort of vision problem, not about internet usage. I think that regardless of whether or not computers did have warning labels, computer usage wouldn’t change…I mean, people still smoke even though every pack of cigarettes has a warning on it.

    By Betsy on Oct 30, 2010

  10. It the user who is dangerous. You print as much as you want but the user will not leave his habit.

    By Jennifer@Interior Shutters on Dec 16, 2010

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