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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Mixed feelings
by Gone fishing on Tue 10th Nov 2009 15:41 UTC
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I think there is no doubt that Vista and now Windows 7 is more secure than XP, however, this is not saying much an un-patched XP could be infected by just plugging into the internet - it almost infects its self. OK the situation improved with the service packs, however, this is a very insecure OS.

Certainly with Vista we didn’t get the mass infections like Blaster and it seems reasonable to believe that Windows 7 will be similar to Vista, (although I am like many concerned about the changes in UAC and wonder if these changes will survive the first service pack.) However, I’m sure an updated virus checker is needed. I see infected Vista machines every day and it will be the case with Windows 7. I’d say here in Lesotho we have about 80% virus infection rate on XP PCs and a lower but very significant infection rate in Vista PCs. If you doubt these figures consider Windows without the internet (no updated AVs) and prevalent file sharing via flash drives.

The legacy features and desire by MS to maintain backwards compatibility means that this virus problem cannot be fixed. Improved a little but not fixed an AV is needed and God help us in the third, non internet world.

I note in the MS blog it was suggested that all platforms need an AV well Mmm. I don’t use one on my Linux Box, but I can see that it may become more necessary, if I look at Ubuntu forums I can see that Ubuntu is beginning to appeal to the less technical and soon the folk who might well click on a see_naked_ladies file and enter the root password when asked. Obviously the problem will never reach or even come close to windows levels but let’s not be too complacent no OS is invulnerable and some users need protecting from themselves.

Edited 2009-11-10 15:50 UTC

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