We got a note from a reader that today, the 17th of November, is National Computer Security Day in Ireland. This is the first time Government of Ireland has organized such a day together with various other organizations and companies. For more information, see their website at www.makeitsecure.ie.
Finland had a similar National Data Security Day in February and will have another one in 2005. In addition, we're aware of at least two other countries planning similar events.
The main practical message of these days is simple: Get a firewall! Get an antivirus! Patch your system!
Which of course means that the real target group of these days is not you or us (obviously you're a pretty aware computer user since you're reading our blog). The real target is the grandmamas and the newbies - the great masses of the net users. You really can't go wrong trying to educate them.