Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 09:31 UTC
Windows Last week, security vendor Sophos published a blog post in which it said that Windows 7 was vulnerable to 8 our of 10 of the most common viruses. Microsoft has responded to these test results, which are a classic case of "scare 'm and they'll fall in line".
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RE: Comment by satan666
by big_gie on Tue 10th Nov 2009 15:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by satan666"
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That's simply not true. I've been using Linux exclusively both at work and at home (at least 10 hours a day in total). I've never installed an antivirus and I haven't had any virus at all.

As much as I would like to agree, having a false sence of security because we run linux is dangerous. Yes, there might not be any (real) virus for linux out there, but I still don't want to be a vector of transmission by giving infected files to other computers.
Of course we wont have any threat if we us something nobody else uses, because, well, nobidy care! Now that allows me to surf the web and laugh at attempts to highjack my IE or even Safari, but that does not mean that my 3 years old unpatched firefox is more secure then the sandboxed,firewalled,antivirused IE 8...

Often, when advocating linux, I ear people saying that it is more secure and does not need antivirus. This is a dangerous idea of false security.

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