We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology
—It may be old but unfortunately this observation in 1990 by Carl Sagan is even more true today
Source: Wall Street Journal
Source: Daily Infographic
Anti-malware programs sometimes flag legitimate software as infected. A certain amount of false positives is inevitable but sometimes the anti-malware programs even turn on themselves.
Example 1: Antivirus flags itself as malware
Example 2: Microsoft security labels its own program unsafe
Since XP, Windows has contained a security feature called Data Execution Prevention (DEP). I have written about it in this article. Sometimes DEP can do unexpected things, as shown in the figure below:
For more on false positives from anti-malware applications, see this article.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools
—Herbert Spencer, English philosopher