Will advantage of the start-from-scratch nature of “Hundred dollar laptop” project help to design security protocols that can surpass those found in mass-market computers today?
Article can be found here and it says:
The designers are still testing their approach with outside security experts — which is widely considered wiser than keeping such matters secret. But already they believe the security setup could make it unnecessary for the laptops to have anti-virus software.
Standard computer design generally lets most any program access any file stored anywhere on the machine. That is one reason why flaws in programs can be exploited by outsiders to steal or erase private information.