As you know, most people know very little about computers, and while they days when some thought that there was a real mice inside of the CPU may be gone, it’s still common to hear people referring to the browser as the “Internet” and who will click “Accept” everytime they have the chance to do so.
Because of that, applications are being limited in order to “protect the users”, by completely removing functionalities from them or forcing UIAs or similar stuff.
Another common thing is to fill the application with annoying warnings, like post-XP Windows versions, spamming confirmation boxes anytime you want to do something, or Firefox and its giant warning when it goes fullscreen (via JS, not F11).
And even with all of these things, people keep downloading malware while trying to change their screensaver, giving out their passwords or cc information after getting an email or ending up with four different search bars on their browser while trying to find a book.
So it’s clear that all of these limitations aren’t helping at all and instead are limiting the experience of the “power” users.
I feel that the only way to deal with this is to educate the general population about computers, use and risk, just like governments do about civics; a general “this is how the cyber world works” explaining about security issues and how to avoid them; it really sucks that there’s still people clicking “You just won $1,000,000!” ads in 2012, but punishing the rest of the users to protect those isn’t the answer.
What do you think about it? How would you address this issue?