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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : Just why are other systems more secure than Windows...
   posted by _Steve_ on 6-Oct-2003 14:18:30 (1630 reads)
Opinion: To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman

We've all heard it many times when a new Microsoft virus comes out. In fact, I've heard it a couple of times this week already. Someone on a mailing list or discussion forum complains about the latest in a long line of Microsoft email viruses or worms and recommends others consider Mac OS X or Linux as a somewhat safer computing platform. In response, another person named, oh, let's call him "Bill," says, basically, "How ridiculous! The only reason Microsoft software is the target of so many viruses is because it is so widely used! Why, if Linux or Mac OS X was as popular as Windows, there would be just as many viruses written for those platforms!"

Of course, it's not just "regular folks" on mailing lists who share this opinion. Businesspeople have expressed similar attitudes ... including ones who work for anti-virus companies. Jack Clarke, European product manager at McAfee, said, "So we will be seeing more Linux viruses as the OS becomes more common and popular."

Mr. Clarke is wrong.

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Re: Just why are other systems more secure than Windows...
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All of which just goes to reinforce what I have always said... the spread of these recent viruses is down to Microsoft making pap software, and stupid user syndrome

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Good article. I shall refrain from automatically (me, not the A1 !) logging in as root.


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Nice read, I'd love to be able to use Linux, but I use AOL DSL, no way to connect under linux...


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Unless of course anyone knows a way?


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AOL? Eurgh!


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AOL was the company when I was trying to set up the connection to play Day of Defeat . Hope noone in here works for them .


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