I don't know because I don't work for them. However, you have a good point. Even a flyer in the box with instructions on how to update and why it's important would help. Dell, HP, Gateway -- are you listening? I recently bought a Sony VAIO though, and though they did not post a warning to turn on XP's firewall before connecting to the Internet. After the initial set up, they encouraged running the setup for the provided Symantec firewall and anti-virus products including updates, pointed out the Windows update site and explained how important it was to keep updated. They also explained how to set up automatic updates. While I don't need all these reminders, it was nice to see a company providing security direction. Sure, it would have been nice if it was fully patched out of the box, or that it came with a free update disk, but in reality, I wonder how many consumers actually follow the steps.
This was first published in August 2004