Linked by David Adams on Fri 26th Mar 2010 15:47 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption For the first time security researchers have spotted a type of malicious software that overwrites update functions for other applications, which could pose additional long-term risks for users. The malware, which infects Windows computers, masks itself as an updater for Adobe Systems' products and other software such as Java, wrote Nguyen Cong Cuong, an analyst with Bach Khoa Internetwork Security (BKIS), a Vietnamese security company, on its blog.
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I love Windows, but I have stayed away from it, especially because I can do most of my tasks on Ubuntu. The reason for not using Windows: insecurity. I would always reboot into Ubuntu to pay my stuff online, to open my Paypal account, etc... This is not a sustainable option. I have my Windows apps on Ubuntu with WiNE (MS Office, Photoshop), and they work great, really. At the university, I don't open my Gmail account because they use Windows, and I'm afraid the PCs have viruses. They certainly do despite all security measures (limited user accounts; antivirus). You sadly can't use Windows if you need security.

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