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Onel A. de Guzman, a Filipino computer student, right, and his sister Irene listen to a reporter's question during a news conference at their lawyers office in Manila on Thursday May 11, 2000.
Even as recently as 2000, our naïveté was apparent online. That year, a Filipino computer student released the "love" worm, a virus that was emailed to unwitting users under the heading: "ILOVEYOU." Attached to the email was a virus file titled "love letter," which contained a malicious program Internet surfers unsuspecting downloaded when they opened the attachment. The "love" bug crippled the email systems of the Pentagon, CIA and British Parliament, and cost companies and other government agencies a total of $15 billion to remove.
Lesson learned: Don't download email attachments from unknown senders.
How quick are you to adopt new technologies?
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- I'm a tech-head — first in line to buy the latest and greatest.
- I'll typically wait for the first wave to pass and the bugs fixed before diving in.
- If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I hang on to my tech goodies for good reason.
- I'm still using a VCR and my late '90s flip phone.