Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:10 UTC
Features, Office One of the biggest reasons for many people to switch to a UNIX desktop, away from Windows, is security. It is fairly common knowledge that UNIX-like systems are more secure than Windows. Whether this is true or not will not be up for debate in this short editorial; I will simply assume UNIX-like systems are more secure, for the sake of argument. However, how much is that increased security really worth for an average home user, when you break it down? According to me, fairly little. Here's why.
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by Barnabyh on Mon 6th Feb 2006 14:44 UTC
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Oh yes, and of course even Win2000 and probably XP Pro can be made quite safe. It could not be any easier: click any drive and adjust file permissions for everybody but Admin to be 'read only' incl. all subfolders, then go back and allow the user to modify some folders he needs access to, but not to delete.

I think by default new user accounts cannot even read all drives when you set them up. Then install Opera, an Active X blocker and anti hijacker for IE (just to be safe although you're not gonna use it anyway), only view email in simple text mode and so on.

But of course it's not quite as secure as *nix.

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