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Background: Security (cont.)
Security will, in my opinion become the next Y2K-esque "buzzword." With Sony and Sun Microsystems working to put PCs into refrigerators and other appliances, home firewalls will become the next big deal, after the Y2K concerns are overcome by reality.
This does not, however, reduce the need for security. If they start putting household appliances online, security will become more and more crucial. It's bad enough if a scriptkiddie wipes your hard drive, but if, for example, one burns your house down by getting root access to your stove, thats something else completely.