Silver Bullet Band-Aid

Wall St. Journal technology editor Walt Mossberg is appropriately incensed in this morning’s column about Microsoft’s handling (if you can call it that) of security issues in its Windows platforms.

He points out that way too frequently the techies blame consumer users for being part of the problem by giving us lectures about what we should and, more typically, shouldn’t do on our PCs.

Instead of lectures, consumers need Microsoft to build into Windows an effective, free, constantly updated security service requiring little or no user intervention. This service would fend off all kinds of threats and invasions of privacy, including viruses and spyware, without getting all tangled up in academic distinctions. …

Microsoft has made untold billions from the court-certified monopoly it holds in operating systems, and its poor security designs have contributed hugely to the problem. Plus, the company fought for, and won, the right to keep adding new functions to Windows, in the slap-on-the-wrist antitrust settlement it was granted by the Bush administration. So, it owes its customers a solution to the security mess.

Court-certified monopoly — I guess it’s come to that?!

Meanwhile, over on, columnist Paul Kedrosky writes about why eBay is a near perfect acquisition for Microsoft — indeed how it’s the one that’s required if Microsoft it going to maintain any semblance of being a growth stock.

Microsoft owning PayPal (and eBay, of course) — now wouldn’t that be interesting!

P.S. – I highly recommend Maggie Maher’s book Bull! — it’s all about the incredible bull market of the late 90’s. She does a great job profiling the cast of characters as they dance on the stage leading up to the 2000 crash.