Trojans, malware, worms and viruses, these words strike fear in every computer owner on the face of the planet. Businesses spend billions of dollars a year preventing their commerce sites from being infected with malicious code. I’m sure you’re quite aware of all the thousands of anti-virus programs that spam you to death as you explore the labyrinth of the web. Your computer may be infected! Would you like to install McAfee? Riiiiight, and if it isn’t, it soon will be with our sleazy code written by the underbelly of hackers in a country you can’t pinpoint on a map. The bad news is that people still don’t get it, they download the most obviously suspicious files imaginable. Email attachments, torrents, “free” games, these are the reasons you’ll need to educate your child. Just like teaching kids to always wash their hands after touching any foreign surface, you’ll need to sit them down and have a talk about these horrendous virtual bugs.
Luckily, there’s a company that is turning these horrible segments of ones and zeros into cute plushies. Introducing Computer Virus Dolls by GIANTmicrobes, stuffed cyber germs that are constructed from ones and zeros. They’re cute, infectious and totally gothed out. Okay, okay maybe it is my imagination and they’re not so goth, but we can pretend, right?
We received three of these dolls from GIANTmicrobes; Worm, Malware and Trojan. Each doll comes with an attached tag describing the virus. Fortunately, they didn’t multiply all over our office and infect our computers. Unfortunately, they did tackle Godzilla in a fight to the death. Don’t worry, they eventually made up and became friends. The dolls are super soft and your child will enjoy slobbering all over them. Yes, you can hand wash them. Each doll has an attached ribbon with their printed binary code. This opens the door to explaining the elementaries of binary code to your little one.
My personal favorite plush is the worm. He reminds me of the baby Hutt from the Clone Wars cartoon, Rotta. Remember when worms were the rage of network news broadcasts? They loved talking about the W32 and Mydoom, while trying to explain to the public why they should be concerned. It was hilarious watching the talking heads try to explain things in layman’s terms.